Musician – Marcus Bonfanti (guitar, vocals)
“Every little helps. This is our lives, bless you.” – Resident F
Today we visited Ellington Ward at Northwick Park Hospital for the second time. Occupational Therapist Maggie suggested we set up shop in the communal lounge which is a big and bright room. Sunshine streamed in through the large windows and the view of the trees and garden outside made it easy to forget that we were in a secure ward.
We also offered to play in the corridors for residents who weren’t able to join the communal space. Maggie had a few people in mind who would benefit from a solo visit but after half an hour in the communal lounge, it seemed that everyone had actually come out to listen to the music anyway!
“You never know what you’re going to get here,
but it seems no one could resist the music!”
We met some real characters today. Two ladies remembered Marcus from his previous visit and sat right up close to where he was playing, waving and smiling at him. One gentleman, resident J, seemed to be an encyclopedia of music and knew every word to every song Marcus played. He requested either a “slow one” or a “fast one” and would then sing along. He also kept calling staff over to dance with him.
Nurse – “I have two left feet J”
J – “Don’t worry, I have three left feet!”
“Thank you for coming it’s been great. I hope you come again.” – Resident J
Another old gentleman, resident M, was blown away by Marcus’ performance. He said he used to be a musician in India and sang a few songs for the room in Hindi.
“You are a man of the future, I hope you remember me.
Don’t stop, you will get to the top!” – Resident M
Later on, he said:
“This is one of the best men in the world. This guy will make it!”
To which Marcus replied:
“I’ve already made it, mate. I’m here with you!”