News and events

Music therapy in the community

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Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which raised an amazing £12,906.25. This will fund around 50 sessions of music therapy for children and young people with complex needs in the community. In 2023, we were able to fund music therapy for 68 children and...

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Welcome to our new Trustees

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We are very pleased to welcome four new Trustees to Jessie’s Fund, following our recruitment drive last year. They each join us with a wealth of skills and knowledge to enhance the strengths of our current board and help support us to meet our aims. They are: Charlotte Lincoln Charlotte...

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Making music with special children 2023

a women with white hair playing a djembe sat opposite a woman with dark hair wearing dungarees playing a round drum.

Our training course ‘making music with special children’ returned in November for two in-person days in both York and London. It was great to be able to have the time together to be practical and hands on, and have meaningful musical conversations across locations. Both groups fully embraced the opportunity...

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Making music at Highfield Littleport Academy

A woman with curly brown hair wearing a checked dress with a red tank top, is sharing a djembe drum with a young girl in a wheelchair, who has light brown hair, is smiling and playing the drum.

Our musicians Steff and Shaun had a great time at our recent creative music project at Highfield Littleport Academy, near Cambridge. It is an area community special school catering for children aged 2-19 with significant and complex learning difficulties, who may also have associated physical disabilities, sensory, communication or medical...

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Announcing our new corporate partner!

Our small office team work very hard managing all things Jessie’s Fund, and our morning coffee helps to keep us going. So, we were very pleased to hear that local company Howden Coffee wanted to partner with us. Set up in Howden, East Yorkshire, their focus is to sell exceptional...

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Cheque presentation with Bill

Our Founder Lesley met with Bill Cawley, former Mayor of Leek, last week for a cheque presentation by York Minster and the statue of Constantine. Bill kindly chose Jessie’s Fund as one of his two mayoral charities for 2022/3, and raised £4800 to be shared between the two charities. He...

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Trustees wanted!

As we move towards our 30th Anniversary in 2025, we’re looking to expand our Board of Trustees, to bring in different people with skills and experience to complement our present team. It doesn’t mater if you’ve not been a charity trustee before; what’s more important is the skills and experience...

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Royal Northern College of Music collaboration

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In the summer term, we visited Piper Hill School, Brentwood School, Springwood School and Springside School, working with pupils aged 4-19 with a range of special educational needs. The students were paired up and then allocated to a project with two of our experienced musicians. They were asked to reflect...

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Eurovision Sharing Performance in Merseyside

Four Caucasian female Jessie's Fund staff. one in an orange tshirt, three in purple, stood in front of the brick wall with Shakespeare North written above them.

We had an amazing day with the students, staff and parents from Presfield High School, Rowan Park School and Bluebell Park School, with the SKY music hub, for our Eurovision sharing event. We look forward to sharing some of their songs about summer, teamwork and what happens when you eat...

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Movement For Good winners!

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Thank you to everyone who supported us by nominating us and sharing the link for the Movement for Good prize draw, from the Benefact group. We are pleased to share that we are one of 150 lucky charities who have won £1000! This donation allows us to fund music therapy...

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