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I really enjoyed reading the case studies and watching the moving videos of the musicians and Bridgeside Lodge residents. 

We are proud to support this project.

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Aimee Sutton, Assura Community Fund

Russell Jones - Islington Council

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I had the good fortune to visit Bridgeside on Friday and to see the gang from Spitz in action. Both the musicians I met were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I saw them performing for individual residents as well as in the communal area – it was very touching to see (particularly in the individual performances) the positive relationships they had built with residents, underpinned by a clearly personalised approach. The music they played was beautiful – I was so impressed by their talents and so grateful that they choose to share them with our care home residents! I know your support has been much appreciated in bringing joy in these challenging times.

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You brought such joy to my husband, I can never thank you enough. Your music and the enthusiasm you always brought to us, adapting to different people's needs made such a difference to his life right to the end, when not much else could reach him. It's a wonderful spirit that you bring to Bridgeside and you make so many happy. Thank you all. Words can't say how much it has meant to us, to have Spitz playing at Bridgeside. But I also want to thank you for your own lovely presence and kindness to me 

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I’d heard about John’s guitar lessons and seen some photos but now I’m seeing it in person. He’s joining in, he’s smiling. When I began working with him, he was incredibly anxious and would hardly ever leave his room or when he did, would do so for very short periods of time before wanting to go back. He’s unrecognisable, you’ve done wonders

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Mark Turner - Camden Adult Social Care

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Her reaction to the musicians was fantastic. Her face lit up with a big smile and I could see how much she was enjoying both listening to the music and seeing live music being performed for her. She didn't take her eyes off them and was fully engaged. The performance helped to relax her and after a while she fell into a peaceful sleep

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Patient at Northwick Park Hospital

"Thank you for the wonderful entertainment. This hardly ever happens, maybe that's why we appreciate it so much. It really cheers the day. - we'd have you back in a trice!"

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Music has a real impact on the residents, mentally and physically. It

makes them feel more active. When there is no music, residents are very down. We try to put music on the radio for them but it’s not the same.

It helps staff too, because we have something to look

forward to. It makes us feel happy in the workplace.

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I feel Dad comes home so happy and relaxed after these sessions. It’s definitely helping his memory because I can ask him things and he remembers. You've lifted his spirits tremendously.


Daughter of Day Centre participant

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Carer at Bridgeside Lodge Care Home

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