Inspiring children through music

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Wendy Jenkins & Victoria Parkinson

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There are just some days when you have a 'wow' day and Thursday 9th November was just one of these when Victoria Parkinson and I had the privilege of visiting The Children's Trust and celebrate European Music Day by helping out at a music session with a number of children.

The Children's Trust is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injuries and provides rehabilitation, education and a wide variety of other services through a range of skilled teams who work with children and young people, and their families. Simplyhealth has supported the trust over several years and our latest funding has been used to pay for a music therapist and two specialist instruments.

Helping with the session was an absolute joy and privilege. Through the use of music and musical instruments you could see faces come alive, allowing the children to express themselves in a different way and showing how music can truly be the universal language, even supporting children to learn to swallow so they can eat again.

To have been invited to The Children's Trust and receive such a warm welcome made us feel very proud to work for an organisation that really does put charitable giving at the heart of what we do. We have worked with some amazing colleagues who have worked hard to increase that bottom line to enable us to donate 10% of our pre-tax profits to charity, so we really did feel our hard work each year really means something more than a wage at the end of each month.

Music means the world to Victoria personally, so seeing how music and instruments light up the faces of the children was really heart-warming.