Here at Trinity we love doing what we can to grant people’s lifetime wishes, and we have done just that for one of our Day Therapy patients who’s always wanted to bash some drums.
Paula spoke about her drumming ambition as part of the unit’s ‘Bucket List’ talk; she told us she’d always loved music, and had always wanted to have a go on a drum set.
She said: “I had just been listening to Michael Bublé so was talking about that, and how my dad was a musician at Blackpool Tower in the 50s. I mentioned how I’d always wanted to play the drums.
“I don’t know where it’s come from – I must have been a drummer in a previous life! I’ve always just wanted to thrash on some drums. When I watch bands on the TV I’m always watching what the drummer is doing and thinking ‘I’d love to do that’.
“I didn’t think much more of that conversation, until one of Trinity nurses came over and said they’d been able to arrange for me to play some drums.”
After Paula told us what she’d always wanted, we just knew we could make it happen with some help from our Bucketeers at Rimmers Music, Blackpool.
We arranged for Paula to visit the shop on Devonshire Road, where she was shown the basics of how to play a six-piece drum kit and given time to bash to her heart’s content.
“I absolutely loved it,” she said.
“It was even better than I thought it would be. It just goes to show you never know what your day is going to bring you.
“I am so grateful to everyone at the hospice and at Rimmers Music in Blackpool for making this happen. Thank you so much.”
Paula has been coming to our Day Therapy Unit for support after suffering a stroke and developing back and hip pain, frontal lobe brain damage and becoming isolated. She wasn’t able to leave the house as often as she wanted to, and she lost her confidence.
She added: “I feel like the hospice has given me myself back. It’s helped me to live the best life while I still can, which is what the hospice is all about.”
It was lovely seeing Paula so happy and laughing playing the drums, and we’re so pleased we were able to make that happen for her.”
Thanks to Barry and the team at Rimmers for helping to make Paula’s dream come true!