Ukulele group brings the X factor to patients at Milford Hospital

Patients at Milford Community Hospital were treated to a special performance and sing-along when the local U3A Ukulele Group came and entertained them last Thursday (23 November) afternoon.

Many patients and their families, who were visiting, joined in singing along to familiar early 1920s, rock and roll, blues and country songs such as Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald).

The entertainment is part of Milford Hospital League of Friends work with Virgin Care, which runs inpatient services at the hospital, to put on a range of activities throughout the year.

It follows a summer garden party, Village Fair and a quiz night that have all taken place at the hospital.

The ukulele group, run by lead singer Lorna Foster, is formed of up to 30 members who perform at hospitals, day centres, residential homes and schools. All performers are members of The University of the Third Age, an educational self-help organisation in Surrey for retired or semi-retired people.

Jacqui Robini, Chair of the Milford Hospital League of Friends, said: “The ukulele group performed for us at the end of March which was very well received, so we wanted to get them back in and once again it was very enjoyable.”

Sarah Wardle, Virgin Care’s Managing Director for the services in Surrey said: “Every year the League of Friends puts a lot of effort into putting on fantastic activities at the hospital and this one especially has been very well received.”

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