News and events

Victoria Wood remembered

On 1 December we had a wonderful evening paying tribute to our late Patron, Victoria Wood, at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York. People had come from as far as London and Glasgow to celebrate her life and work, and her enormously important contribution to Jessie’s Fund for 17 of...

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Jessie’s Fund Ride 2017

Jessie's Fund bike ride

We’re already getting excited about our 2017 sponsored bike ride, which will take place from Saturday 27 May to Wednesday 31 May, taking in spring bank holiday and, for most schools, the half-term break. We’re calling this ride ‘Something old, something new‘: on our very first Jessie’s Fund ride, back...

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Making Music with Special Children

training-course

We had two full training courses in November, and a lot of inspired people who will now be using their new skills to help them communicate with the children they work with. Some of the feedback we received from participants: ‘I just want to say a huge thank you for...

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Company of Cordwainers

cordwainers-martinmas-feast

Thank you very much to Sharon Hobman, Master of The Company of Cordwainers of the City of York, who chose Jessie’s Fund as her charity for the year. We were guests at their Martinmas Feast at the beautiful Bedern Hall, and invited to give a presentation about our work. The...

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Finding the right instrument

Finding the instrument

C is a little boy of about 7 who is severely affected by cerebral palsy. Jessie’s Fund has been working in his school for a day every fortnight this term, not only working with the children themselves, but also helping the music coordinator to increase her skills. C can’t communicate...

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Victoria Wood remembered in Manchester

Victoria Wood remembered

There has been an outpouring of grief and respect for Victoria Wood, who died on 20th April at just 62. On Saturday 4 June Victoria Station, in Manchester, became Victoria Wood Station for an hour. Actress Sue Devaney, who worked with Victoria, was the brilliant presenter at the event organised...

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Community Coffee Shop support

Community Coffee Shop

A big thank you to North Curry Community Coffee Shop for sending a donation of £1100. This brings their total contributions to Jessie’s Fund to £1165. The Coffee Shop is a community project run by volunteers. They lease part of a restored farm stable near the centre of North Curry....

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Ashford Flower Club

Ashford Flower Club

Here’s something a bit different for Jessie’s Fund. Ashford Flower Club, in Kent, chose us as their charity of the year in 2015. Having raised a four figure sum by the end of the year, they decided to continue their support for another year, so we are their charity of...

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Soundtracks news

Soundtracks news

Soundtracks, our well-established programme of creative music projects in special schools, offers one day ‘taster’ workshops. These enable schools to have a simple, affordable way in which children and staff can take part in making music, and there will follow an opportunity to book one of our standard five day...

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