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Steeton Male Voice Choir concert lifts spirits of hospital patients
Gordon Sugden in conversation with one of his fellow Steeton Male Voice Choir members during the special concert at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where he is being treated after a tragic car accident left him paralysed
A choir was reunited with fellow member Gordon Sugden when it performed for him and other patients in an emotional Sheffield spinal unit concert.
More than 30 members of Steeton Male Voice Choir were bussed to Sheffield last Thursday to sing for patients in the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, at the Northern General Hospital.
Mr Sugden, 82, from Ilkley, was involved in a car accident in London last Christmas, which left him paralysed from the neck down.
He was more recently transferred to the Sheffield hospital, which specialises in treating spinal cord injuries and is the second-largest such unit in the UK.
The choir recently held a fundraising concert in Skipton to help the hospital buy specialist equipment for patients. It presented the £1,000 raised to Sheffield Hospitals Charity during the performance.
The choir presented a range of songs, including one of Mr Sugden’s favourite pieces, entitled Comrades in Arms. And Mr Sugden even managed to sing along with the choir.
Patients in beds and wheelchairs were brought into a communal area of the hospital to listen to the performance.
The choir’s recruiting officer, Eric Parker, said: “We are all close friends in the choir and can only imagine the anguish Gordon has experienced.
“We wanted to show our support and to bring a smile to his face during such a difficult time in his life.”
Mr Parker added Mr Sugden had a smile on his face all the time.
A hospital spokeswoman said the choir’s performance kept the audience captivated.
She added: “This provided a welcome distraction from daily routines, as on average patients with a spinal cord injury spend at least three months on the unit to aid recovery and to prepare them for their return home.”
Members of Mr Sugden’s family were also there for the performance.
His wife, Margaret, visits him every day, his son makes the journey north to be with his father several days a week and his daughter flies in from Venice to be at his bedside every weekend.
Call (0114) 2711351 or visit sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk to donate towards the hospital’s work.