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Jazz superstar Jamie Cullum 'blown away' by CHSW's music therapy work

04 July 2024 CHSW

Award winning musician Jamie Cullum shared a special message with guests at an event to celebrate the importance of music to children and young people supported by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Songwriter and pianist Jamie recorded the message which was shared at an Evening of Jazz held in the stunning gardens of Iford Manor in Bradford-on-Avon.

Around 80 people attended the event, enjoying performances by jazz band Body and Soul and musician Denquar Chupak.

Guests also enjoyed a talk by CHSW Music Therapist Ceridwen Rees about the work of the team, sharing moving videos showing the impact of music therapy on the children and young people supported by CHSW’s 3 children’s hospices in the region including Charlton Farm near Bristol.

In his message Jamie praised the work of the Music Therapists at CHSW as ‘inspiring’ and ‘mindblowing’. 

Jamie’s father John also gave a talk at the event.

man speaking at jazz event

In his message Jamie said: “As a fellow musician and someone who is deeply involved and embedded in music, I am blown away by what you do.”

As well as soaking up the beautiful surroundings, guests also enjoyed drinks and canapes served by members of the CHSW team and members of the charity’s Young Ambassadors group.

The evening was sponsored by CHSW supporter, Bath-based Network-N Holdings.

CHSW Area Fundraiser for B&NES and West Wiltshire Heidi Roberts, who organised the evening, said: “CHSW is all about creating precious memories and this event created precious memories for supporters and CHSW families in attendance.

“I cannot thank William and Marianne of Iford Manor enough for opening up their beautiful gardens to us and to Network N Holdings for making the special evening possible.”

Charlton Farm opened to families in 2007 and is currently supporting almost 200 children and young people from the local area living with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses; meaning that it is unlikely they will live into adulthood.  

Support is provided through resilience stays at the hospice day visits, home visits, as well as palliative care, end of life care and bereavement support for the whole family including siblings.