Choir lifts pal’s spirits at ward performance

Steelton Malevoice Choir, sing at the Northen Gen Hospital, Sheffield
Steelton Malevoice Choir, sing at the Northen Gen Hospital, Sheffield
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THE strident sound of a male voice choir lifted patients’ spirits on a Sheffield hospital ward when singers paid one of their members a visit.

Gordon Sugden, aged 82, is being treated in the spinal injury unit at the Northern General Hospital after he was in a car accident which left him paralysed.

To help wish him a speedy recovery, a 35-strong group of Gordon’s choir friends performed in the unit’s dining room, singing some of their pal’s favourite tunes.

Other patients were also invited to listen to the singing in the spinal injuries unit - the country’s second-largest specialist centre of its kind.

Gordon was involved in the car crash in London last Christmas and later transferred to Sheffield.

He sings with the Steeton Male Voice Choir, which is one of the oldest male voice choirs in Yorkshire, and regularly appears at concerts around the region, in venues ranging from tiny chapels to cathedrals and even arenas.

The choir managed to raise more than £1,000 at one recent performance, which they donated to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

The good cause has funded a facilities at the spinal injury unit, and is currently aiming to raise £100,000 to pay for a revolutionary ‘robotic suit’ that enables wheelchair-bound patients to stand up and walk.

Every year the charity invests around £2 million a year in vital equipment, research, patient and family support, buildings and staff.

The money is used to help improve the care and treatment of patients being treated at the five sites that make up the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals trust.

Visit or call 0114 2711351 to support the spinal unit.