A gift for musical children

AMY WINEHOUSE’S MUSICAL LEGACY ENABLES CHILDREN TO FIND A ‘NEW VOICE’ Children at The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy are all set to make sweet music this year thanks to a £7,450 grant from the Amy Winehouse Foundation for music therapy sessions. Amy’s parents, Mitch Winehouse and Janis Winehouse-Collins, came with other Trustees from the Foundation to the Centre on Wednesday 20 April to present their grant cheque. Mitch and Janis also brought a new keyboard and stand as a personal gift to the children.

Children at The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy are finding a ‘new voice’ with music thanks to a new therapy programme set up in Amy’s name.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is proud to have given a £7,450 grant to the centre, which is based in Muswell Hill in North London. This grant will pay for music therapy sessions which help to improve wellbeing and communication among the children who take part.

Jo Honigmann, LCCCP chief executive, said:

“This is our third year of providing music therapy to pupils at our school, thanks to the Foundation’s generosity. In January we also introduced sessions for toddlers and young children who attend our Early Intervention Services because music therapy at an early age can make a positive impact on children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development. ”

Guided by music therapist Ruth Hunston, the children improvise on instruments and take part in structured musical activities, including singing and song-writing.

Jane Winehouse, Managing Trustee at the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said:

“The Foundation is very proud to be continuing Amy’s legacy through the music therapy at LCCCP. Some of the children are unable to communicate verbally due to their disability, but music helps them connect to the world around them. We have seen the joy on the children’s faces when they engage through music and we have heard from both parents and teachers just how important this is to the children’s development.

We are particularly please to have been able to extend the programme further this year by also providing sessions for toddlers and younger children’.

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