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Edinburgh Sick kids hospital staff perform tear-jerking version of Lean on Me

Edinburgh Sick kids hospital staff perform tear-jerking version of Lean on Me

Staff from Edinburgh's Sick Kids hospital have recorded a moving version of 'Lean On Me' to boost morale and show the health benefits of singing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The late Bill Withers classic is performed by a "virtual choir" of more than 80 doctors, nurses, radiologists, physio and occupational therapists, and Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC) team members.

The staff, with its sopranos, altos, basses and tenors, recorded themselves singing their individual pieces at home, which the ECHC edited together into a video.

ECHC wanted to bring the hospital community together and raise peoples' spirits.

Dr Kirsty Hogg, a pediatric doctor at the Sick Kids who appears in the video, said: "Taking part in the virtual choir was a fantastic experience and the final product is a beautiful example of what we can achieve when we all work together, even in these unusual times.

"This was a lovely idea by the charity and I'm delighted to have been involved. It is a message of hope and solidarity to show that we are all in this together and are helping each other through."

ECHC usually runs the Sick Kids Community Choir for hospital staff on a weekly basis. The choir performs for patients in the hospital and at fundraising and community events.

Fiona O'Sullivan, arts programme manager at ECHC, said: "From our work with children and families at the hospital, we know how beneficial singing can be as a way to bring people together and as a distraction during times of stress.

"The power of music is amazing and it is at times like this when it can have the biggest impact. When we put the initial call out about the virtual choir, we didn't expect to get the response that we did. It has been absolutely incredible.

"We chose the song 'Lean On Me' because it has such a strong message of support. We wanted to give people a sense of closeness and community at a time when many are missing their family and friends.

"We also wanted to help people to relax and have fun. Singing lifts your spirits and makes you feel good, so is hugely beneficial to our mental health. We hope the video will help to spread a little positivity during this difficult time."


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