Drumming for Wellbeing

The Wellbeing team at Pilgrims Hospices were delighted to welcome Samba Pelo Mar, the Whitstable based community samba band, to the Wellbeing group, to share their drumming and rhythms with service users, along with staff members who came along to enjoy the uplifting music.

Ann Day, Musical Director

Kim and Kelly, Pilgrims Wellbeing Practitioners said: “We know drumming has a positive effect on anxiety, grief, fatigue and behavioural issues. We loved being involved with the group where everyone had an opportunity to be creative with the drums and shakers.

“We promote wellbeing to everyone, patients and staff alike, and the hand-drumming is such a great way of self-expression, positive psychology and friendship.”

Samba Pelo Mar means ‘Samba by the Sea’ in Portuguese. Samba as a music genre has its origins in Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of Brazil. Based on a Samba style, their music is adapted and fused with world rhythms composed by Ann Day, Musical Director.

Samba Pelo Mar actively supports charitable causes, and over the years has raised more than £17,000 for Pilgrims Hospices care.

Pilgrims Hospices care for thousands of people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.