District 12 Inner Wheel

The Charity chosen by the Association President

           Association President for 2018 to 2019 is Ann Acaster, of the York Vikings Club in District 4. 

                         She has chosen Jessie's Fund as her Association charity this year.

Ann Acaster Assn President

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Jessie’s Fund is delighted to be the President’s Chosen Charity 2018-2019 and we look forward to your friendship and support through the year as you help us to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the country.

Jessie’s Fund helps seriously ill children, and those with special needs, through the creative and therapeutic use of music. Founded in 1995 in memory of my nine-year-old daughter, we know that music has the power to help children and young people who have difficulties communicating. Our work takes place in special schools, children’s hospices, respite centres and hospitals, where we have helped thousands of children and young people like Sam:

‘My son is extremely sensitive to sound, he has very little sight and struggles to process anything, but music offers a window through which he can communicate. As soon as Carrie plays her oboe, his head turns towards her and he listens so carefully to the sound she is making. He becomes very still, then begins to vocalise and has the most wonderful musical conversation with her. It is about the only thing that engages him and stops him from being completely cut off from the world.’

One of the programmes you will be supporting is our Soundtracks work in special schools. This provides both a wonderful musical experience for the students whilst also training staff in music techniques to use in the classroom every day. By building the skills and confidence of the staff team we can ensure our work has a lasting impact.

‘Music can reach our pupils in so many ways …. Last year Jessie's Fund came in not only to work with our children, but to train our teachers and learning support staff to carry on with music once they’d left. So now we have music coming out of all the classrooms, walking along the corridors, and we’re famous in Solihull and Birmingham!’