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  • 29
    Jun 2015
    Ready to go!

    On 2 July we head off on our annual sponsored bike ride – this time, 300 miles in four days, in Holland. That’s just flat, you may say, and you’d be right. BUT, once the often high winds are factored into the equation, and the daily distance of about 80 miles, it’s still quite a […]


  • 15
    Jun 2015
    Songs for a Summer Evening, in York

    South Bank Singers will be presenting a light hearted programme of songs at 7.30pm on Saturday July 11, at the Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York, in aid of Jessie’s Fund. They are inviting you to come and join them in a wallow of summer themed choral music, mostly comfortingly familiar but with some surprises and […]


  • 01
    Jun 2015
    Jane’s High Tarn Challenge

    For our 10th anniversary our friend Jane Armstrong swam 60 high tarns in the Lake District, raising a staggering £23,000 for us. Now, for our 20th anniversary, she has set herself the even greater challenge of swimming 70 high tarns, climbing a combined distance greater than the height of Everest to reach them, and raising […]


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Jessie’s Fund is a UK charity helping children with additional and complex needs to communicate and express themselves through the use of music. We work with children in hospices, special schools and in other settings nationwide, giving them access to music-making and to music therapy. See short video clips here.

2JF 20 small015 is our 20th anniversary. We’re marking this major milestone with a series of events throughout the year and we hope you’ll celebrate our achievements with us. Here is our 20th anniversary programme.



Victoria Wood, Comedian, writer, actor and director.

Victoria Wood

Our Patron

“So why Jessie’s Fund? …

What I love about music is we don’t know what it is, how it works, and it doesn’t matter.

It’s all about totally personal response, it helps us find out who we are, and we all deserve that, however many days we’re given.”

Read the full message–>



Charles HazlewoodCharles Hazlewood

Our 20th Anniversary Patron

“Music can reach parts untouched by anything else. That is never so clear as when making music with children who cannot communicate in any other way. Listening to and making music is their voice and their creativity. It is a thing which brings them to life and laughter like nothing else. And it is the heart of Jessie’s Fund – a wonderful charity which brings the magic of music to children in the most difficult circumstances.”