A musical note from Whitegates
December 1, 2023
Staff at Whitegates respite support service in Worksop are sending out a festive message with a difference this month.
Instead of a traditional Christmas card, the team has put together a short musical performance, which they are sending out electronically to service users and their families this month.
Popular Christmas carols have been given a modern twist thanks to the musical talents of Lucy Johnstone-McCarthy, who this year swapped her career as music teacher to retrain as an autism practitioner at Autism East Midlands’ respite service. Lucy has created a new take on the classic carols.
“I’ve enjoyed being part of the Whitegates family since joining and wanted to give something back, which is why I came up with the ideas for the music arrangement,” said Lucy.
After showing the musical idea to service manager, Katie Threlfall, they invited the rest of the team at Whitegates to take part and they’ve not been short of volunteers. The team filled their spare time practicing the carols before they came together to film the special performance.
Whitegates manager Katie Threlfall said: “We’ve had a lot of fun putting together the musical message and we hope that the people we support and their families will enjoy seeing what the team has created for them.”
To view the musical clip >> click here.
* Staff and service users at Whitegates have created their own unique Christmas Tree to display at the Worksop Christmas Tree Festival this year. For more details, read on: Christmas Tree Festival
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