Christmas Coffee Morning

Raising funds for Healing Sounds As we all try to keep warm during this cold snap, why not come along and warm up over a coffee at the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) Christmas Coffee morning this Wednesday 14 December, at the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW).  Doors open at 10.30am and the coffee pot will be on until 12.30pm.  Donations can be made on the door and there are fabulous hampers to be won in our Christmas raffle.  All proceeds are going to Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s Healing Sounds live music programme, bringing music to the bedside of patients in various healthcare settings.  All welcome.  Further details from Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) on (051) 842664.

Announcing details of the event, Shirley O’Shea, from the Fundraising Committee of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), said “Before COVID, WHAT always hosted a Christmas get together in their building, the WHAT Centre for Arts & Health on the hospital campus, so we’re thrilled to re-start the tradition and gather everyone together this week.  And it’s for a great cause: Healing Sounds brings live music to the bedside of patients in various healthcare settings, including the fantastic South East Palliative Care Centre, located at University Hospital Waterford.  Through music, our professional musicians, who are trained to work in healthcare settings, help to ease the anxiety and worry often experienced by patients and their families.  People tell us that this positive experience makes a real difference to them and helps to lift their spirits at a difficult time.”

One of our raffle hampers!

Shirley went on to say “The Fundraising Committee is delighted to host this coffee morning.  We all know the great work that WHAT does for the people of Waterford, so we’re looking forward to welcoming a big crowd and raising funds for this cause that’s close to all our hearts.”

Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings.  These experiences include the Healing Sounds live music programme on the wards; Open Gallery, an art viewing project for older people and people living with dementia and their family members/carers; Iontas Arts and Mental Health programme; the Art Kart & Storytelling in Paediatrics; the Arts Programme in the Renal Dialysis Unit; the Staff Art Wall, the extensive UHW Art Collection and Art at the Kitchen Table, bringing art into people’s homes.  Through these programmes, Waterford Healing Arts Trust seeks to soften the clinical environment and alleviate stress and anxiety for patients, family members and staff.  The organisation also leads the development of arts and health throughout Ireland and manages the resource website