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Jessie’s Fund helps children with additional and complex needs or serious illness to communicate by using music. Music can provide a powerful and profound way in which children can express themselves and connect with the world around them. Jessie’s Fund is a registered charity working all over the UK.


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What we do

We help children in children’s hospices to express themselves by using music as a language. We establish posts for music therapists, provide appropriate instruments, and offer training in simple musical techniques to staff.   In schools for children and young people with special needs we give pupils the opportunity to participate actively in making music. They create their own music, and then perform or record it, in a programme called Soundtracks. We place just as much emphasis on training staff in special schools to use music as a tool for communication and learning: in this way we leave a legacy after one of our projects.   We also offer support to other organisations aiming to help children with disabilities through music, as well as to individuals who struggle to access music therapy.

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Maxine Peake Patron

Maxine PeakeWe are delighted to announce that our new Patron is Maxine Peake, one of the nation’s favourite actors. She enjoys a prolific career as a theatre, television and film actor, portraying a huge range of characters. As a writer she has focused on social issues and the stories of women who have achieved greatness in the face of adversity.   Maxine first came to national attention as Twinkle, in our late Patron Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies. Like Victoria Wood, her roots are in the North: she grew up in Bolton and still lives in the North West. She says:   ‘I am very honoured to have been approached by Jessie’s Fund to become their new Patron. No-one could ever replace the extraordinary Victoria Wood: to be able to continue her work with an organisation she held so dear to her heart is an absolute privilege.   Music has always played a very special part in my life, as a healer and an inspiration.  To be able to reach out to young people with complex needs and allow them to communicate through the power of music is a must. What a wonderful and essential charity.’   Save

News and events

04 Dec

Musical Bumps Christmas

Our friends at Musical Bumps, Croydon, are supporting Jessie’s Fund again this Christmas, with their Christmas party. Maree Waller and the families in Croydon…

19 Nov

Special concert in the New Year

The City of York’s leading chamber orchestra, The Academy of St Olave’s, is supporting Jessie’s Fund in their next concert. It’s a fabulous programme…

19 Nov

Transforming power of music

What a transformation musical interaction can bring about in a short time: after a recent project, one of our musicians reported back to us:…

31 Oct

Our little shop

Dare we mention that Christmas is rapidly getting closer? As well as a range of unique cards, we have some lovely bits and bobs…

04 Jul

Help as you buy

Most of us shop online nowadays: we can support Jessie’s Fund without spending a penny extra. By signing up to either Easyfundraising or Give as…

26 Oct

Victoria Wood Foundation

Jessie’s Fund was fortunate to have the late, great Victoria Wood as our Patron for 17 years. Along with her millions of fans, we…

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