Having had a great campaign last year, we’ve taken part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again. Donations made between Tuesday 30th November and Tuesday 7th December were doubled by our two generous ‘pledgers’, the Victoria Wood Foundation and The Lake House Charitable Foundation, who each pledged £5,000. This encouraged donations from people who knew that their donation would be releasing the matched funding, and we’re delighted to report that we reached our target of £20,000 the day before the end of the campaign. The total raised was just over £23,000, which is incredibly helpful in enabling us to work with more children.
This year the campaign raised money for our programme in special schools. It’s wonderful to finally be back working face-to-face with children we have only been able to see ‘virtually’ this last eighteen months. The Jessie’s Fund live-streamed music sessions and interactive videos provided a real lifeline during lockdown, but nothing can really compete with live musical interaction. These special children need our input now more than ever, and donations received via the Big Give campaign mean that we can confidently plan our projects with them for the coming year.