News and events

Doubling your impact

Having had a great campaign last year, we’re taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again. Donations made via this link between midday on Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 7th December will be DOUBLED1 This year we’re raising money for our programme in special schools. It’s wonderful to finally...

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Wine tasting plus…

Having been cancelled last year due to the pandemic, our 25th anniversary wine tasting will now take place at 7.30pm on 3rd December 2021, at the beautiful Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Aldwark, York YO1 7BX. We will be guided by wine expert Dr Stuart Calder. An evening in two parts, you’ll...

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Our first 2021 in-person school project

Special schools have faced many challenges during the pandemic – caring for medically vulnerable pupils, maintaining social distancing and bubbles, and dealing with the additional emotional and mental health needs of their pupils. Schools could no longer have visitors on site, so all Jessie’s Fund’s projects were postponed at the...

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Music Therapy at Little Bridge House

Shabana

Little Bridge House is one of three hospices run by Children’s Hospice South West: Jessie’s Fund has supported music therapy there for some time. Ceridwen Rees, the music therapist at Little Bridge House, was furloughed during the first lockdown, and tells us that when she went back, staff and families...

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Music therapy with newborns

Baby

Since November 2020, Kirsty Ormston has been developing the Music Therapy Service on the Neonatal Unit at University College Hospital, London. Music therapy has helped with interaction, soothing, and bonding, and has provided many families with the confidence to sing with their infant. Music therapy also provides an opportunity for...

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Academy of St Olave’s on 25 September

After a year and a half of being silenced, York’s chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Olave’s, celebrated getting back to live concerts with a popular programme in aid of Jessie’s Fund. The Academy of St Olave’s and Jessie’s Fund have strong links: the orchestra’s director is Alan George, Jessie’s...

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Child DJ Zizi45 supporting Jessie’s Fund

45 Kids

Zizi45, who is 7 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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Messiah for Jessie’s Fund

Messiah

Our events celebrating our 25th anniversary last year had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but we are thrilled that some have been rescheduled. The performance of Messiah by The English Concert, directed by our Patron Trevor Pinnock, will be at 7.30pm on Friday 15th October 2021, at St...

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Calling runners and walkers

Virtual London Marathon

You can be part of the world’s first 100,000 person marathon by joining the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon. This takes place on the same date as the classic run – 3rd October 2021 – but you make your own walking or running route, with plenty of incentive from the...

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Music at Mabel Pritchard School

Mabel Prichard School

One of our last projects before the world was turned upside down by the pandemic was at Mabel Prichard School, in Oxfordshire. Mabel Prichard School is a community special school for children and young people with complex needs from the ages of 2 to 19. The school says ‘We believe...

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