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Doorstep Carols 2021 has forged links with multiple charities who understand the social and psychological value of music in the work that they do.
You can choose your own charity to raise for on the night or choose from our list of charities who have shown a special interest in participating in this unique event and raising awareness about the benefits of collective music.
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"I hope that singing en masse will remind us all that music, especially vocals, can bring everyone together whether in unison or harmony. We must not let recent troubles make us fearful of using our voices"
- Sir Tim Rice, supporting carols in the street
In early 2018, Ruth Strauss, wife of former England Cricket Captain Sir Andrew Strauss, was diagnosed with a non-smokers lung cancer. Ruth died in December 2018; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13.
In her memory, Sir Andrew set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation, with two missions: to help families with a child facing the death of a parent through pre-bereavement support and to raise awareness of the need for more research and collaboration in the fight against non-smoking lung cancers.
We are delighted to be part of Doorstep Carols. Ruth absolutely adored music. This is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to unite, create joyful memories together from anywhere in the world, while supporting families facing one of life’s toughest tests.
The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives. We provide independent, personalised support to thousands of people each year, and they’re not all firefighters. We exist to support all fire and rescue service personnel, whatever their role in the service. We are also here for all those who have retired, as well as for spouses and dependants.
Fire and Rescue Services across the country will be joining their communities in singing Doorstep Carols this December 15th.
Music therapy plays a significant role at GOSH creating fun, interactive musical connections and building on these to achieve longer term goals.
Many children at GOSH are seperated from their loved ones whilst undergoing treatment for serious illnesses. When they sing from the ward during this event, they will sing in the knowledge that their families are singing with them.
Demelza provides hospice care for children and young people with serious or terminal conditions.
Demelza uses music therapy to help children and their families to express emotions that are too difficult to put into words.
We are delighted to know that children and families supported by Demelza will be taking part in Doorstep Carols 2021.
Spread a Smile partners with NHS hospitals to enhance play provision and provide critically ill children with access to enhanced play and entertainment provision in hospital during some of the darkest times of their lives.
The Spread a Smile Choir was created to support those seriously ill and hospitalised children and teenagers who love music and simply want to sing during our entertainer visits. "Every time a child sings we can see the happiness and escapism it brings, easing the difficult realities of painful treatment and hospital stays." The Choir allows young patients the opportunity to have fun with their friends and siblings which in turn improves their wellbeing, reduces anxieties, builds self esteem and encourages peer support.
"I am truly blessed to know the children and their extraordinary families and we are all very excited to be involved in such an uplifting and joyful event this December." Collette Spinner - Choir Lead
Ex Cathedra Singing Medicine team are proud and excited to support Doorstep Carols 2021.
Here at Singing Medicine, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from singing activities. Singing is a special activity that brings feelings of well-being, and can stimulate or calm the body. Our singing games have been designed to enable children of all capabilities and needs to be able to make decisions in an environment where they can feel all decision making and control has been taken away from them. We share this ethos and understanding with Doorstep Carols who hope to bring joy and happiness to communities around the UK through singing together. The Singing Medicine team will be singing in the outdoor spaces at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. Staff are invited to come and sing with us and children will be able to join in from their wards. We hope that this will help to bring families together, as they join in from home or online with their children, at a time when hospital visiting is limited and families cannot be together in the traditional sense.
Through Doorstep Carols, we hope to bring Singing Medicine to all who join us.
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Youth Music believe that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music.
Yet research shows that many can’t because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.
The insights, influence and investment in grassroots organisations and to young people themselves made by Youth Music enable more 0–25-year-olds to make, learn and earn in music.
We’re Dementia UK – the specialist dementia nurse charity.
Our nurses, called Admiral Nurses – who we continually support and develop – provide life-changing care for families affected by all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia UK believes that music can be powerful and can create moments of reconnection and reminiscence for those living with dementia. We are delighted to be involved in such an exciting and inclusive initiative.
The Rhythm Studio Foundation believes that talented young musicians deserve a chance whatever their background. We work with schools, community groups and young people who have a passion for music but lack the means and support to take it further. We organise tuition, finance and career guidance to the next generation of musical stars.
Would you like to give a little to change a life through music?
The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) provides music therapy for people of all ages with physical, learning, neurological or psychological difficulties in the London Borough of Richmond and surrounding areas, in order to improve their well-being and quality of life. It runs 1-1 music therapy and music therapy groups for young children with disabilities, for children and young people with SEN, for adults with mental health problems or neurological conditions such as stroke and MS, and for elderly people with dementia. It runs OK Music School teaching 70 children and young people with disabilities to learn to play an instrument and perform with pride in public concerts and an OK Youth Choir for all abilities. During the pandemic, OKMT's services continue online or face-to-face for hundreds of vulnerable and isolated people, providing a vital lifeline which enables them to express themselves, make friends, gain confidence and have improved mental well-being.
Alzheimer’s Society is here for everybody affected by dementia. This complex condition has a devasting impact on every life it touches, stealing memories, abilities, and relationships from people.
Every person with dementia deserves to live well. Our aim is to make that happen. Through Dementia Connect, people with dementia – and just as importantly their carers – can access personalised support that works for them throughout their dementia journey.
People with dementia face so many barriers and inequalities when trying to access high quality social care. Through our campaigning, we’re raising awareness of the injustices families are facing, and are creating change one step at a time.
Most importantly of all, every element of our work is led and shaped by people affected by dementia. Involving people with dementia and carers in the decision-making process at every stage means that our work will always be relevant and worthwhile to families affected by dementia.
Until we have beaten dementia once and for all, we will be there for everyone who needs us, every step of the way.
The Military Wives Choirs are a community of nearly 2000 women in 72 choirs across the UK and internationally. We come together to celebrate a love of singing and a communcal understanding that comes from our members’ shared experiences of the Armed Forces.
Love Music is a music inclusion and education charity which creates adventurous participatory projects and new music through which communities can come together with musicians in a professional setting and participate in inspirational music making.
We're delighted to be joining with the Stockbridge and Newtown Community Orchestra to share the joy of singing together and to celebrate the festive season.
Our Doorstep Carol event takes place on Leith Links in Edinburgh and is open to everyone, those that want to join in or come along to listen.
NHS Charities Together is the national, independent charity caring for the NHS, so that everyone can have better healthcare. With a network of over 230 NHS charities, we provide the extra support that’s needed to care for staff, patients, and improve health in our communities.
And with the network of NHS charities located across the UK we can reach the people that need support most, in every part of the country, every day of the week. The improvements we make help the NHS go further, by providing the extra services and support that standard government funding can’t cover. Over the last year eighteen months we have funded over 600 projects, ranging from a place to rest during a busy shift or counselling for staff, to specialist equipment for patients or training for thousands of community volunteers.
Doorstep Carols is a special opportunity to unite and combat isolation and we’re delighted to benefit from funds raised to support NHS charities. We hope everyone will join us in singing to say thank you to the NHS, as staff work incredibly hard to care for patients at this challenging time.
Voices Foundation is a National music charity working ot help schools, academies, music education hubs and other partners from across the UK to establish effective music education since 1933. Everyone has a voice and we believe singing is a powerful way for children to become proficient musicians, excell across the curriculum and develop self-esteem.
Working hard to transform music in schools, we partner with teachers to develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence in effectively teaching music. Our approach to teacher development supports schools in their mission to embed daily singing into school life through the curriculum and extra-curricular choral enrichment.
Our model transforms whole schools and engages teachers and children by focusing on sustainable and integrated music education for all! By utilising our straightforward and easy to use teacher handbooks, we help schools make singing a key and regular part of their educational experience for every pupil.
Severn Hospice provides specialist care and emotional support for families in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales living with an incurable illness.
All our care is provided for free, but it is not without cost - we have to raise £2 for every £3 we spend.
It's because you care that we can.
We are delighted to be able to join with Doorstep Carols this Christmas.
Musical Boroughs Trust (MBT) was conceived by the Tri-borough Music Hub (TBMH) and registered as a charity in 2019, as the TBMH’s sister charitable arm. Working alongside the TBMH, MBT exists to ensure that musical opportunities at every level are available to all children and young people in our area, regardless of their financial circumstances. We are raising funds for activities to provide high-quality music making opportunities for around 20,000 children and young people each year. Working with Doorstep Carols allows us to support our local schools, spread opportunity across our communities, and link people together at a time when working together is needed more than ever.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden. We ensure our nurses, doctors and research teams can provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research, to creating the very best patient environments, we will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
The Royal Marsden will be offering its patients and their families the opportunity to sing with Doorstep Carols creating a musical bridge between patients seperated from their loved ones.