Where Hope Begins

Posted: 01/09/23

The musical duo work as cleaners at St Nicholas Hospital and the idea for the song came about in the midst of the pandemic during socially distanced breaktime chats. Peter Prest, who has been working at the hospital for 26 years wrote the lyrics and Paul Hewitson, with almost a decade on the same site, wrote the song itself.

The theme of the song is about the return of hope and the charity SHINE supports people receiving NHS care and provides vital extras to support their treatment and recovery. The idea snowballed and before long the song was not only written but had been recorded in Paul’s home studio. They then decided it needed a music video and worked with colleagues from NTW Solutions, and staff from Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) to appear in the music video. The video features staff holding up cards with their memories of the pandemic and what their experiences were of going through that time.

The song is being launched with live performances at the hospital with a number of CDs for sale and the video is available to watch online. People are encouraged to buy the CD or If they watch the video to donate to SHINE via Just Giving.

SHINE is a UK registered charity: 1165788

SHINE Charitable Giving Identifier, featuring the words Support, Hope, Inspire, Nurture, Empower