Patients and staff across Cwm Taf have been treated to a special performance by ‘Elvis’ thanks to the Health Board’s Chaplains.

Elvis tribute act Wynne Roberts performed for dementia patients at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon and Prince Charles Hospital on Thursday.

Wynne, who is a Chaplain in North Wales, agreed to pay a visit to Cwm Taf following a conversation with our volunteers.

Having performed as Elvis for three years, Wynne travels around Wales doing shows for various audiences, including visitors to the annual Elvis Festival in Porthcawl, but says that the connection he has with dementia patients during his performances is particularly special.

He said: “I love singing, particularly Elvis because I am a huge fan. An important aspect of this for me is the work I do with people living with dementia because I see that the songs I am singing open up a whole range of memories for them.  You can see someone who is living with dementia almost become 21 again.”

Wendy Evans, Chaplain at Cwm Taf UHB, said: “Music is so important; it’s such a key way for people with dementia to be able to communicate. It takes them back to another time and enhances their wellbeing.  This is part of their spiritual care and Wynne’s performance has gone down really well.”

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