New £130,000 bursary created for musicians in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 June 2018

Heather Penwarden. Photo: Callum Lawton

Heather Penwarden. Photo: Callum Lawton


Musicians in Honiton and surrounding areas could receive support for months - or even years - to come after a £130,000 bursary was created.

The League of Honiton Hospital and Community Friends (LoF) is looking to launch a musical therapy bursary fund at the start of August, which will benefit people’s ‘health and wellbeing’ through music.

The money was left to the Friends in the form of a legacy by Mrs Jean Price, who was a professional harpist. She asked for the money to be used to help and support musicians living in and around the town.

Heather Penwarden, chair of Honiton LoF, said: “The LoF was delighted to receive this legacy to be administered by us for the benefit of health and wellbeing in our community through music in its many forms.

“The benefits of music and how it can play a part in improving health and wellbeing is well documented and in some cases, the positive impact of music on health has been shown to be more powerful than medication.

“From when we are still in the womb through to end of life and for a whole host of reasons in between, music can be therapeutic for us.

“Whether it be to reduce stress and anxiety, help with the management of pain or as an aid to memory, music can play a valuable part in the healing and management of symptoms and in some cases help to prevent problems occurring.

“Through this generous legacy the LoF hopes to be able to benefit many people in its community across all generations through the power of music.

“We are very much looking forward to receiving applications to the bursary from individuals, groups and organisations, all of which will be considered on their own merit.

“Our thanks go to Mrs Price who had the foresight to leave this legacy to be administered by the LoF on behalf of the community of Honiton.”

The £130,000 is just a chunk of £472,277 left to the LoF in 2017 in the form of five legacies.

A further £2,032 was received in donations, while £647 was donated in memory of former patients of Honiton Hospital.

Thanks to patients’ legacies, Honiton Dementia Action Alliance now has enough money to be able to start the recruitment of an Admiral Nurse for Honiton and the surrounding areas, on an initial three-year contract.

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