This year we took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time. Having been promised a ‘matching pot’ of funds, online donations received between 1st and 8th December were doubled, thus raising even more money for our new programme of music therapy for babies on neonatal wards. A very generous individual supporter pledged £2,500 in matched funds, and The Lake House Charitable Trust also pledged £2,500. We are delighted to let you know that our fabulous supporters exceeded our matching pot on the first day of the appeal, and by the end of the appeal you had donated £10,890. Adding the match funding to this gives us £15,890 raised by the appeal.
Not only this, but when our matched funding pot had been used up, a further £2,500 was pledged by our amazing individual supporter, encouraging more people to donate, and bringing the total raised to £18,390. And there is still Gift Aid to add to this, so we will top £20,000, and want to say a huge THANK YOU to all our supporters.
Our neonatal music therapy project at University College Hospital is now fully funded thanks to this campaign, and we know that this will have an enormous impact on families with babies in intensive care.
Research has shown that music therapy for hospitalised babies can reduce environmental stress, increase oxygen levels and lower blood pressure, reduce pain and promote relaxation, as well as supporting neurological and physiological development. All these factors can help shorten the length of stay in hospital and create better long-term outcomes for a baby.
Watch this space in a few months, when we’ll give you an update on the progress of the project.