Our research staff are not only supporting COVID-19 response on the front line and through research into treatments and vaccine for disease. They have also been able to find the time to support fundraising efforts including an initiative between Guy’s and St Thomas’ Breathe Harmony Staff Community Choir, Breathe Arts Health Research and MyCool Foundation which aims to enable the delivery of arts and health projects to patients and NHS staff, and support the NHS with arts services all year-round.
Two of our musically talented research colleagues, Paula Darroch (Clinical Research Facility Education and Training Lead) and Karen Wilson (Lead Research Nurse, Cardiovascular Research) joined staff from across Guy’s and St Thomas’ Breathe Harmony Staff Community Choir to record a cover of the Mariah Carey song ‘Anytime you need a Friend’. The choir worked with Musical Director Mike King and MyCool Music Foundation, to bring together over 100 singers and musicians from around the world to record the track.
The single and accompanying video were recorded as an appreciation piece for the NHS and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cover has attracted broad media attention, has been viewed almost 60,000 times on Youtube so far. You can view the video at bit.ly/2VoK8ev. The original artist, Mariah Carey expressed her praise for the recording tweeting that it brought tears to her eyes. To support the fundraising efforts the cover has been released to download for only 99p at Amazon Music, iTunes and Play Store.
Paula and Karen are longstanding members of the choir which was set up in 2017 by our partners at Breathe Arts Health Research. Paula Darroch, said “Karen and I are longstanding members of the choir which includes staff from lots of diverse disciplines from across the Trust. Recording the single was such a wonderful thing to be involved in at this stressful time. We are also hoping of course that staff will download it to support us!” Karen Wilson, added “It was a real pleasure for us all to be part of this project. Music has a real way of bringing us all together and we hope that the single with its uplifting lyrics can provide some comfort and joy to everyone who hears it.”
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For more information about how you can support Guy’s and St Thomas’, visit www.supportgstt.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal.