Big thanks to BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS who donated £30 to the Nordoff Robbins charity after a whip round at their show at last weekend’s Steam Punk weekend in Whitby. This year’s total for Fifty Gigs In A Day now stands at £92.80
Total raised over the past three years via Fifty Gigs In A Day now stands at £654.41 🙂
The third (and final) 50 Gigs In A Day is this weekend with the aim being to raise awareness of the work done in music therapy by the Nordoff Robbins charity.
A BIG thank you to all the bands and artists taking part this year and if you can get along to support them at one of the shows.
ABOUT NORDOFF ROBBINS
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, reduce anxiety for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing terminal illness. Music therapy can be life-changing for so many people. https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/about-us/
Nordoff Robbins Registered Charity Number: 280960
What Donations Can Fund: £3-£10 could pay for a music instrument, giving a client with autism a way to express themselves beyond words £20 could pay for a vulnerable child to attend a group music therapy session £35 could pay for a one-to-one session of life transforming music therapy for someone with dementia £50 could help us bring comfort and joy to a child suffering from a brain injury during a one-to-one music therapy session £100 could pay for a music therapy group session at one of our dedicated centres £150 could pay for half a day of music therapy at a Children’s Centre £200 could pay for an entire month of one to one music therapy sessions at one of our centres £300 could pay for a full day of music therapy in a local school for pupils with special educational needs, or in a care home helping older people with dementia unlock memories and communicate with loved ones £500 could help subsidise 5 children whose families cannot afford to pay full fees to have a term of music therapy through their school
Dear Jason With Christmas fast approaching, the festive season is a time of joy and the chance to connect with family and friends. However, joy and human connection are the two things that can be lost if your loved one develops dementia. Right now, there are 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. At Nordoff Robbins we want to use the power of music to help more families affected by this disease, so please consider making a donation this Christmas, and helping us to support more families like Cis and Joan to find joy & connection again through music.
Joan’s mum, Cis, was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. She explains: “It really is so hard to see someone you love’s abilities and memory, their personality, fading in front of you. But then music therapy came into our lives… The singing started – at first mum didn’t join in, but she looked like she was enjoying herself. Then John, the therapist, played the opening chords to ‘Over The Rainbow’ and just like that, mum burst into song…
In the hands of an expert therapist, music can help ease anxiety and disorientation, and unlock memories. Music becomes a way to still engage meaningfully with someone even when they’ve lost language, and this is key in breaking down the social isolation that is too often considered inevitable with dementia.
So this Christmas why not give the Gift of Music and help us help more families affected by dementia find joy and connection again. Making a donation is simple, just visit our website to donate directly to our Christmas Appeal. We’re the largest music therapy charity in the UK, but we don’t receive direct government funding and rely on generous supporters like you to continue our work.