The Yamaha piano in the Worship Room has been donated to the University to be used by all students wanting to play for relaxation. The donor hopes that it will help alleviate stress and enhance positive wellbeing among students.
The donation is a gift in memory of Olly Beswetherick who was an accomplished pianist and scientist, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2019 with a first-class honours degree in Human Biology and a Masters in Molecular Biotechnology with distinction.
Olly suffered from periods of depression and anxiety and used piano playing as a method of helping to relieve the symptoms, so he could concentrate on his academic studies and enjoying University life. At the time, there was limited options available in the University for this use.
Tragically, Olly lost his life in London, whilst training as a Patent Attorney in September 2020 aged 24 years. His family ask that this piano is promoted for student welfare purposes and as a way of remembering Olly and all that he contributed to the University. A Go Fund Me Page has also been set up in his name to raise money for mental health charities.
Anyone wanting to hear Olly play can Google:
Olly Beswetherick Piano Music – Olly’s Talking Turtles