The Prince, who is Longfield's patron, paid what has become a regular Christmas visit to chat to our patients, carers and families. Sara Webb played for The Prince of Wales when he visited.

Sara, aged 51, started playing saxophone when she was diagnosed four years ago. She tries to play at least an hour every day, more if she can, and says she can’t imagine her life without it.

“Life can be difficult with Parkinson’s and there is an element of loss especially mobility and the ease at which you used to do things” said Sara from Cirencester.

“But I choose to concentrate on the positive things it has brought to my life. I hope my playing shows people that it is possible to take up something new and enjoyable.”

Sara, who attended day therapy at Longfield, admitted she was nervous about performing for His Royal Highness.

She had written a special piece for The Prince, called The Thaw.

“I wrote the piece because someone asked me what it was like to freeze with you have Parkinson’s. It is called The Thaw,” said Sara, who has been playing for two years.

“When The Prince came into the room he said that he was very impressed with the music and that made it all worthwhile.”

During his 90-minute visit The Prince chatted to people who are benefiting from our new Live Well initiatives. 

One of those was Lynda James, who has taken part in the art for health groups based in community venues around Gloucester.

She asked The Prince if he still “dabbled in art”. “Or I should say Sir do you still paint because your grandchildren will want to learn.”

She said that The Prince replied that he still paints when he can find time.

Andrew Fletcher, Chief Executive of Longfield, said The Prince took time to speak with all the patients and staff.

“We are delighted His Royal Highness continues to support us as we move our services more into the community and ensure that the people of Gloucestershire are able to live well."