Musician visits Naomi House

Frank Turner at Naomi House

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Frank Turner visited the Naomi House children’s hospice last Thursday, 29th November, to meet the children and entertain them with a few of his songs.

Originally from Meonstoke, Frank studied alongside Prince William at Eton college and was formerly a member of the band Million Dead. His acoustic music has taken him all over the world and to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games. 

Frank took some time out of his busy schedule, prior to appearing at the Southampton Guildhall, to return to his roots and enjoy an afternoon with the children who were staying at the hospice that day.

After a tour of the facilities and grounds, Frank met the children and families staying at Naomi House. He played a few songs and entertained the children and staff alike.

Sound frequently plays a significant role within Naomi House as many of the life-limited children and young people have limited sensory awareness. Visits from respected musicians such as Frank mean that everyone is able to enjoy the day and interact with the activities taking place.

Having looked round the hospice and had a chance to see all the facilities on offer, Frank said:

“I had a great time at the hospice and thought it was a really magical place. They were such cool kids.”

Katy Burton, Activities Coordinator, said:

“It was great to welcome Frank to the hospices for his most exclusive gig to date. He was fantastic with the children and we all really enjoyed joining in with our drums, shakers and tambourines as Frank played guitar.

Frank Turner’s visit to Naomi House follows the equally successful and well-received visit from Paralympian Peter Norfolk OBE.  

Naomi House and jacksplace are the only hospices offering a 24/7, 365 days a year service for children, young people and their families living in Hampshire.

For more information on Naomi House, visit www.naomihouse.org.uk.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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