News and events

Support from Leek

The current Mayor of Leek, North Staffordshire, is Bill Cawley, who has chosen Jessie’s Fund as one of his two Charities of the Year. Bill is carrying out a 500km challenge to cycle from Leek to Leek. By which he means cycling from Leek UK to Leek in the Netherlands....

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DJ Zizi45 and friends raise close to £700

45 Kids

Zizi45, who is 8 years old, watched her dad Criztoz, DJ, using 7 inch vinyl records – also known as 45s – at home and on live streams. As she loves music she wanted to try DJ’ing and really enjoyed it and spending quality time with her Dad. She now...

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Reaching across the UK

Since Jessie’s Fund started on its mission we have reached all areas of the country, sharing the communicative powers of music in children’s hospices, special schools, hospitals, child development centres and early learning settings. Whilst we don’t get complacent (in the full knowledge that there is so much more to...

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Meet the Musician

A man with curly dark hair and a beard wearing a blue check shirt playing a dark green guitar

Tom Sherman is one of our team of excellent lead musicians, and has led many special schools projects with Jessie’s Fund for more than a decade. We asked him a few questions about his work with children who have special needs (SEND). As a musician, how did you come to...

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Music therapy in two hospitals

Aby, music therapist

Jessie’s Fund established music therapy for children at York Hospital and at the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH), in Newcastle. The work is varied, as we hear first from Aby Vulliamy, at York Hospital, and then from Clare Hunt, at the GNCH. I was very happy to commence the role...

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Your donation doubled!

We took part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022 and were delighted with the support we received. For the past two years you have helped us raise over £40,000 in total through the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This has been hugely important in enabling us to support tiny babies...

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Mozart on a Barge


Mozart’s wonderful ‘Gran Partita’ (Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments) was performed in the unique setting of the Arts Barge, Foss Basin, York YO10 4AB, at 7pm on Sunday 4 September. Mozart’s Serenade K.361, commonly known as the Serenade for 13 Wind, was actually written for 12 wind instruments and a...

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Podcast with Jessie’s Fund Director


The British Association for Music Therapy hosts a series of podcasts which are conversations with music therapists, or with those connected to music therapy. Just published is a conversation between music therapist Davina Vencatasamy and Lesley Schatzberger, Founder of Jessie’s Fund. Their 50 minute chat covers a lot of ground,...

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The Postlethwaite Music Foundation

Support from PMF

We are delighted to have been supported once again by The Postlethwaite Music Foundation. The Foundation first gave a grant to Jessie’s Fund in 2017, and have supported us each year since. This year, they have not only given us a grant for 2022 – they have pledged the same...

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Neonatal Music Therapy

In November 2020 Kirsty Ormston started in post as music therapist at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at London’s University College Hospital. The pilot year of this role was funded by Jessie’s Fund. An article describing the work and containing a poignant case study was published recently in the...

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