6 November 2017

SaTH was the unique location for a very special performance.

Patients and staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) were treated to a spectacular impromptu performance by members of a children’s choir. The youngsters from the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir were at the hospital, run by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), for routine health checks during their three month tour of the UK.

Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir give an impromptu performance at RSH

As a thank you to staff, they gave a stunning performance while in a waiting room – to the delight of staff and patients.

The choir is travelling around the UK, including Shropshire, giving performances at schools and other venues, and staying with host families. They are a registered charity that funds several schools and health centres in and around the districts of Kampala and Masaka in Uganda, giving children from poor families – some of them orphans – the chance of education and health care.

A big part of the fundraising is the annual tour of the UK which involves a selected group of children taking part in concerts and workshops. All the funds raised by the choir during their tour provide funding for an entire year.

Michelle Murray, A&E Sister at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford (PRH), is one of the hosts for the choir, along with Lisa Morgan who is the choir’s area co-ordinator.

Lisa, who works in SaTH’s procurement department, said: “Their performances are spectacular. They use drums, sing and dance, it is really uplifting. They love to bring a smile to people’s faces, and so as a thank you to staff at RSH they gave a quick performance which went down very well.”

Natalie Dulson, Emergency Centre Operations Manager, added: “This was an unexpected performance – and on a very unique stage! It was very much appreciated, and there was plenty of applause from staff and patients.”

The youngsters are all aged between eight-years-old and 18.