Music therapy fund granted £3,000 for work in Corby

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A music therapy group has been given £3,000 to continue its work in Corby.

Thomas’s Fund has been awarded the cash from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund to pay for a therapist for one day per week for the next four months in homes and at the Kingswood Children’s Centre’s Little Sparkles Group.

Thomas Smith died at the age of 10 from a life-limiting neurodegenerative condition in 2004. He lived a short life, unable to attend school all year round, but thanks to his family, his life was packed with fun – a big part of which came through music. Music therapy had a vital role to play in Thomas’s life so his fund was launched after his death to provide other children with the same chances. His brother Harry died of the same condition aged 12 in 2010.

Lead music therapist Esther Mitchell said: “Music is a very powerful tool and it is wonderful to see individuals who are otherwise often very isolated, finding their voice and being able to share and explore their emotions and also, as is often the case with pre­-school children, share this experience with family members.”