Lean On Me musical message to Captain Tom and everyone from Airedale Hospital choir

Posted on April 30, 2020 by AireAdmin

To coincide with Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, staff from Airedale Hospital outside his hometown of Keighley have joined forces to record a musical message to their colleagues, families, patients, other key workers and the local community.

Speech and Language Therapist Steph Burgess leads the choir and made the video of the choir singing the Bill Withers classic Lean On Me.  She says:   “One of the best things about working for the NHS is the sense of community and togetherness, and Airedale has that in spades. Our hospital choir is a wonderful mix of people representing many different roles both within the hospital and in our community services, who are all equally vital in keeping things afloat.

“Through the choir, I wanted to put out a message that the NHS is here for you and will support you as always, but particularly while things are so difficult for so many people at the moment. The lyrics of Lean On Me express that sentiment perfectly, as well as the idea that we in the NHS also need the support of others.”

Lean On Me also has a special resonance for the choir in tribute to their local hero Captain Tom, who has proved himself to be a tower of strength for the NHS, and for the nation.

The Airedale Hospital Choir includes nurses, doctors, midwives, therapists, pharmacists, pathologists, ward clerks, technicians, cleaners, support services and volunteers.

Watch/listen to the video on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ocWV8NEEZ0g