News and events

Christmas Card Competition 2023

Are you a budding, amateur or even professional photographer? Then Jessie’s Fund needs you! This year we are launching a competition for our next Christmas card design. We would like you to send us your favourite winter scene or festive photograph of our stunning York landmarks. These cards are always...

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James Rennie: A Musical Journey

We are very pleased to share with you our latest video: ‘James Rennie: A Musical Journey‘. We have previously talked about our work at James Rennie School in Cumbria in our newsletter and on the website, and this video really reflects the impact of the whole school music culture that...

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A message from Martin House

two small girls with short brown hair wearing matching pink stripy shirts, one holding and chewing on a small bell toy with an orange handle and silver bells.

We recently heard from Martin House Children’s Hospice about the impact of our latest support for their Music Therapy service: “We would like to say a big thank you for the extremely generous grant made from Jessie’s Fund towards our Music Therapy provision. Your support means the world to us...

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Announcing…

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Ellis to lead Jessie’s Fund, taking over from founding director Lesley Schatzberger. Rebecca, a music graduate, comes to Jessie’s Fund from a role as assistant headteacher and special educational needs and disabilities coordinator in a Leeds primary school. She is also...

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More support from Academy of St Olave’s

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The Academy of St Olave’s has supported Jessie’s Fund on several occasions over the past few years, raising nearly £7,000 for us in total. They have just performed once again for Jessie’s Fund at the exciting new venue of the Creative Centre Theatre at York St John University. The orchestra’s...

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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

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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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