Local school choirs have been sharing the spirit of Christmas with patients at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

St Peter's Lutheran College choir and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School choir sang carols to hospital patients to help bring early Christmas cheer to all.

Patient Audrey Chapman, who will spend close to four weeks at the hospital for radium treatment, said it was lovey to be serenaded by both groups of students.

“The nurse who made my bed this morning came to get me when the choir arrived on the ward. She knew I was looking forward to hearing them sing and made sure I didn’t miss them.”

“Hearing them sing made my day – in fact it made my whole stay. It just bought tears to my eyes,” said Mrs Chapman.

Mrs Chapman is looking forward to going home this week and celebrating the Christmas season with five generations of her family, including two great-great-grandchildren.QT-pic-school-2.jpg

St Peter's Lutheran College music teacher Sally Grennan said students began asking if they were carolling again from September.

“It is a favourite activity for quite a few of our students.  Last year the students remarked on how they loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the hospital staff and patients as we moved around the hospital.”

Teacher Kathryn Allan led the choir from Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and said it was a great opportunity for the students, with Assistant Principal Religious Education James Bradley adding that the occasion highlighted the importance of community outreach.QT-pic-2.jpg

“It truly encapsulates the spirit of Christmas giving to others and the sense of the season and the joy it can bring.”

Mater Private Hospital Springfield Director of Clinical Services Suzanne Hawksley said the choirs were a great example of the Greater Springfield community spirit.

"It can be hard for patients having to spend time in hospital as it gets closer to Christmas, so we appreciate the efforts of the local schools for sharing their beautiful voices and bringing Christmas cheer to our staff and patients." 

**Pictures courtesy Queensland Times

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