The keyboard lid has come down on hospital pianist Barry Evans at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the ancient instrument he used to entertain patients tinkled its last tune.
Barry, 79, from St Annes, has been playing for patients at Clifton Hospital for 20 years as well as making regular appearances at the Vic.
Now he’s on the search for a replacement piano for the Memory Corridor of the care of the elderly wards. It needs to be an upright acoustic model and in good working order.
Barry began playing the piano aged 12 when he lived in Prestwich, Manchester. As well as entertaining patients, he also plays at Church Road Methodist Church in St Annes and for guests at the nearby Clifton Park Hotel.
Reflecting on his hospital performances, Barry said: “The music gives patients a lot of pleasure and it is good medicine for them.”
Volunteer Team Leader Catherine Henshaw said: “Barry is a much-loved member of the volunteering team. He travels all around the Trust and brings such joy to the patients through music. If anyone can help, we will be truly grateful.”
Email Catherine at email@example.com or call her on 01253 957399 if you can help.