Jessica George was lively, bright and musical, and just nine years old when she was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumour in December 1993. The prognosis was very poor, but there was some hope offered by complementary treatment available in America. Jessie’s Fund was established to meet the cost of this treatment and was named by Jessie herself, but she died in May 1994 before managing to travel to the States.
Jessie’s parents, musicians Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George, decided that Jessie’s Fund should become a charity dedicated to helping seriously ill and disabled children through music: it was registered as such in 1995. Based in York, Jessie’s Fund helps children all over the UK.