Simplyhealth joins in European Music Therapy Day celebrations

Banging drums, singing and dancing all took place at The Children’s Trust in Surrey last week as the charity celebrated European Music Therapy Day (15 November). The day was recognised with a special music therapy session to thank everyday health company Simplyhealth, the UK’s leading health cash plan provider, for its support towards the service. Simplyhealth has supported The Children’s Trust for the past three years donating over £98,000. This year the company has funded the salary of a music therapist, as well as two bespoke instruments - a hand pan drum and sounding bowl. These instruments will be used during sessions with children who are at the centre receiving specialist brain injury rehabilitation, or who attend The Children’s Trust’s School for children with severe disabilities. Members of the Simplyhealth team were invited to attend the music session to see the instruments they have funded being used in action. Both instruments are very special to the charity as they can be used in music therapy sessions and by children at the centre who might find it difficult to play on traditional instruments, offering new experiences and opportunity to play with peers, in groups or individually. Wendy Jenkins, Talent and Development Specialist from Simplyhealth who took part in the music therapy session said: “Everyone at Simplyhealth is delighted to support The Children’s Trust for the third year running. Being part of the music therapy session was inspiring and we are very proud to help fund what is such a vital element of children’s rehabilitation and learning. We had a great time and hope we might be able to come back to join in again soon!” Jonathan Fever, Music Therapist at The Children’s Trust said: “European Music Therapy Day gives us a chance to shout about what we do and we were so pleased to be able to invite the Simplyhealth team along to join our celebrations. We were able to show the team how music therapy can be a powerful resource in the rehabilitation process and how valuable their support is in making a difference to the lives of children with brain injury and neurodisability.”  

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