We’ve been busy! Here is a summary:

When Jessie’s Fund started in 1995…

  • There were 8 children’s hospices in the UK
  • None had experienced music therapy
  • There were no courses in using music for communication specifically with life-limited children
  • There was no charity dedicated to helping ill and disabled children through the creative and therapeutic use of music


  • There are some 45 hospices for children and we have provided musical instruments for all
  • 33 have established posts for music therapists with our help, of which 28 maintain the service
  • About 280 members of care teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have attended two-part training courses
  • We have funded or part-funded around 4,000 music therapy sessions with children in the community
  • Soundtracks, our nationwide creative music programme in schools for children with special needs (launched in 2007), is now working in more than 20 schools annually
  • A book about our work was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2005
  • Just three years after our inception we were awarded the Guardian Jerwood Award for Community Achievement. We won the DSC Social Change Great Grant Giving Funders Award 2010