LOVE IS ALL AROUND: Hospital choir’s heart-warming rendition of classic aims to raise money for community defibrillators

Around 25 singers formed mainly of current and former staff from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children took to their bedroom studios to record the track. 

By Lucy Ashton

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospital choir has created a heartwarming rendition of the 1980s classic ‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness to help raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership (LVDCP).

Around 25 singers formed mainly of current and former staff from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children took to their bedroom studios to record the track.

The diverse group included a whole range of healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, domestic and pharmacy staff alongside RHC chaplain the Rev Jim Meighan. Each submitted their recording to volunteer music director Martin Kelly who then cut the videos and audio together to create the final product.

In addition to raising further awareness of the British Heart Foundation as part of National Heart month, the choir is also looking to raise funds for public access defibrillators to be installed across the Levern Valley in East Renfrewshire through the LVDCP which is a cause QEUH nurse and choir singer Jean Hepburn is involved with.

The NHSGGC choir, which was formed in 2017, has a history of producing popular covers and pre-pandemic, could often be found in the hospital atrium putting on shows for patients and staff.   COVID-19, while limiting the scope for public performances, hasn’t stopped the choir from performing though as demonstrated by their recent cover of ‘You are the Reason’ which was released at Christmas and pays tribute to NHS staff.

Chaplain at the RHC, Reverend Jim Meighan, who formed the NHSGGC choir, said:  “The British Heart Foundation and the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership both do fantastic work to help save lives and promote healthy living. It was only fitting that – as the NHSGGC choir – we played our part in being able to raise awareness of these two great causes.

“It can be hard singing on your own when you’re so used to singing as a group, but this isn’t the first time we’ve done a video like this since we’ve had to adapt to performing as a virtual choir. I’d like to thank the whole team involved and particularly Martin Kelly who’s been able to masterfully splice us all together to create the finished product.” 

Frances McLinden, Director for the South Sector at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde added:  “The NHSGGC choir is a real asset to our hospitals and they’ve brought a lot of joy to patients and staff over the years. It’s impressive that they’ve been able to adapt and continue providing happiness to people during the pandemic. We know how important these gestures are in helping raise spirits and morale, while also highlighting really important local causes.”

James Jopling, Head of BHF Scotland, said: “This is a lovely heart-warming tribute and we’re so grateful to everyone involved for coming together in such a unique and creative way to support our work. Our research in Glasgow and across the rest of the UK to help save and improve lives is made possible thanks to wonderful fundraisers like this and the generosity of the public. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means we need that support now more than ever. Heart and circulatory diseases cause around 50 deaths each day in Scotland and an estimated 700,000 people are living with the daily burden of these conditions.  So, a huge thank you to everyone who has made this project possible and to all those who have donated to help us beat heartbreak forever.”

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06hFn2wXHA

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