For the national charity, the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation conducted a nationwide search for a cause which reflected the theme of the foundation, which for 2014-15 is ‘promoting wellbeing through the arts’. Jessie’s Fund was shortlisted as one of the final three charities.
Jessie’s Fund was named after Jessica George, who died of an inoperable brain tumour when she was just nine years old. Jessie’s parents, Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George, founded the charity to help children with complex needs to use music as a means of communication. Jessie’s Fund helps children in hospitals, children’s centres and their own homes through music therapy.
The charity’s use of music to improve lives made Jessie’s Fund a natural nominee for the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation, as Belinda Moore, Group Marketing and Communications Director explains: “Jessie’s Fund does a fantastic job of promoting wellbeing through the arts, and is therefore a shining example of what we at the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation are trying to achieve.
“We asked our Care UK colleagues to vote for our National Charity of the Year, and Jessie’s Fund came 2nd in the poll to Nordoff Robbins. However it was clear that there was huge support and admiration for the great work that Jessie’s Fund did, which is why we wanted to donate £2000 to the cause,” Belinda concludes.
Upon receiving the donation, Lesley comments: “We’re very pleased to have the support of the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation. It was great to have the opportunity to talk to representatives of the Foundation, and to let them know about how Jessie's Fund uses music to improve the quality of children’s lives - sometimes even transform their lives. We’re very grateful for this donation of £2,000, which will fund music therapy sessions for children with life-limiting illnesses.”