Concert to boost rehab hospital appeal

By Laura Maltby Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 11/10 08:08

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Buy photos » The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra will perform in aid of the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital this weekend. (s)

AN ORCHESTRAL concert at the Spa Centre on Saturday (October 13) is the first fund-raiser being held in aid of Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital's push to raise almost £235,000 over the next six months.

The rehab service was launched in 1995 to deliver high quality rehabilitation for adults with acquired neurological conditions, including brain injury, and was recently recognised for its excellence as a national centre for specialist rehabilitation. It needs to generate further funds to continue its progress.

The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra, which will perform on Saturday night in aid of the appeal, has a special connection with the Rehabilitation Centre in Nick Welch, the principal double bass player, who received extended treatment at the centre earlier this year after suffering a stroke.

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the rehab hospital, said: “This is a great facility and something the local community should be really proud to have on their doorstep.

"The centre really helps to transform the lives of patients and any support that the hospital can receive on this development will be very much appreciated by both the staff and patients of the unit.”

The Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged as one of the best amateur orchestras in the country with around 80 playing members. The concert will be conducted by internationally acclaimed Philip Mackenzie, the current principal conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra London.

Malcolm Rowson, chairman of the orchestra, said: “We are more than delighted to support the appeal, not only for the reason that it is an important charity, but also because the centre provided immensely valuable treatment to one of our players."

To book tickets call 01926 334418. For more on the Rehabilitation Centre Appeal contact Jo Mainwaring on 01926 495321 ext 8049.

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