Piano donation brings harmony to care home residents

Following Leweston School’s donation of a piano to a Sherborne care home, musical pupils are set to regularly visit to entertain residents

A Dorset boarding school hit all the right notes of community involvement when it donated a long-loved piano to a local care home.

Leweston School’s director of music, Dr Rachel Milestone, left the piano with Paul Pippard, deputy manager of Trinity Manor Care Home, and were greeted by delighted residents wanting to inspect their new instrument.

Happily, the Leweston pupils have not said goodbye to their old piano for good.

The new academic year will find students from the school regularly visiting the Sherborne care home and engaging with residents, with the aim of playing them songs on the piano and, in the process, building friendships.

“There are many music scholars at the school, many of whom can play piano, so the new gift will hopefully receive much use when entertaining our residents,” said a Trinity Manor spokesperson.

“Now they have the chance, we are hoping that any of our residents who once played may start to tickle the ivories once more.”

Pic: Dr Rachel Milestone with daughter Lily, deputy manager, Paul Pippard and resident, Maureen; credit: Leweston School

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