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Musicians inspire hearts and minds at Bournville Gardens

9th June 2020

During the national Covid-19 crisis musicians have inspired hearts and minds, playing to older people living at The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Bournville Gardens Village. 

As part of Volunteers Week 2020, professional cellists Mark Broadhead and Helen Edgar performed a ‘socially distanced’ (but nonetheless very sociable) concert in the Village Gardens with their children Harry (16) and Kezia (11).

Their programme mixed soothing classical pieces with sing-a-long favourites, tunes they’ve been playing in their street with neighbours each Thursday for the Clap For Carers.

Helen Edgar, a cellist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), said:  

“As musicians, we are really missing performing to live audiences. Volunteers Week gave us this incredible chance to see a real audience again, looking down from their balconies and at a distance in the gardens. And when we heard everyone whistling along to “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” it was an emotional moment for us all.


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The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

ExtraCare is a registered charity established in 1988. Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide:

To deliver our vision and mission we essentially do three things: we develop new villages, we operate villages and schemes, and we support our villages, schemes and our ‘extra-care’ model through fundraising, advocacy and research.


Each of our 20 village and schemes has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to our residents, volunteers and local people representing all age groups living in surrounding communities. We operate a chain of Charity Shops which help fund care and well-being services for older people living at our each of our locations.