By Liz Crudgington
Last Friday, members of the Thanet Rock Choir gave a very special performance for the patients and staff of the Viking Day Unit at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
The choir, which rehearses at Ramsgate Primary School of the Arts on Wednesday evenings and at Holy Trinity Church in Margate on Thursday morning, performed a selection of popular hits and Christmas carols in the Unity Garden, for patients receiving cancer treatment.
Chef Catherine Courtley said it was a privilege for them to sing in the hospital, adding: “All singers have a personal connection to QEQM, whether they are current or former staff, or as their friends. and their families were treated here.
“We have people who are currently undergoing cancer treatment, so they know how special the Viking Day Unit and its staff are.
“We wanted to do our part to bring smiles back to the staff and the patients here over Christmas – music can really give people a boost and it was a really special performance for us.”
Unit manager Carrie Merry said the visit brought a smile to everyone’s face. She said: “It was so wonderful that the Rock Choir came to perform for us.
“Some of our patients are with us for hours, so it was a much appreciated treat. It certainly cheered everyone up and we are very grateful to the singers for giving of their time for us. “
The hospital hosted a host of singers and groups in the run up to Christmas, including the duo Two’s Company, the Salvation Army group from Ramsgate and Santa Visits courtesy of local Rotary clubs .