A unique music service was launched last recently by the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) and Alison Wenham (pictured above with Angus Somerville, Chief Executive of RHN), who is donating a 3,000-strong CD library to the hospital in memory of late husband Nick, who was a patient there.
The Wenham Music Library, made possible with generous donations from the music industry, will give patients recovering from brain injury a vital link to the rehabilitative power of music, which is key in helping them overcome difficulties with their disabilities. The creation of the CD lending library had been part of Nick’s own rehabilitation at the hospital.
The RHN, which is a world leader in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and long-term care for people affected by brain injury, will also extend this valuable legacy to other organisations which specialise in the area. For these brain-injured patients, music can help them to express feelings of loss and frustration and can be the first step towards regaining a positive sense of self.
Speaking at the launch of the lending library, Alison Wenham said: ‘Our personal and professional lives were defined by music, we grew up together through music and there is no more fitting legacy for Nick than music. Making sure that people with brain injury or disease have easy access to the music which matters to them is our goal to honour the memory of Nick’.