Save hospice music therapy service

£10,530 of £10k goal

Raised by 120 people in 1 month
The Towersey Foundation (A South Devon music therapy charity),  has through this campaign achieved  the immediate goal of saving the music therapy post at Rowcroft Hospice in South Devon. We raised £10,500 before the deadline of the 8th March.
This site will remain open however as we still have the longer term goal of raising enough to keep the post going until the hospice can take up the funding again. To do this we need approximately another £15,000. We will be reaching far and wide to find ways of doing this. In the mean time please continue to donate here to forward this campaign.
Music therapy plays a vital role as part of the palliative care team at the hospice, supporting the emotional and psychological needs of people with a terminal illness, as well supporting their family and friends.
For people struggling with a terminal illness and approaching the end of their life, music is there as a resource, a source of creativity and hope. The music therapist is a skilled professional who can help people to stay connected to the parts of themselves easily lost as their illness advances.
David Holmes is the current music therapist, he is a skilled professional who has worked at the hospice for 8 years.
 
Due to financial pressures the hospice cannot at present fund music therapy. Without an immediate injection of funds the post will be lost. We need to raise enough to keep it going to ensure that this important therapeutic work can continue.

We have set a target of £10.000; this will fund the post for 2 days a week for 7 months. We will campaign during this time to raise the additional funds to sustain the post for a further 18 months, at which point the hospice has expressed the intention of taking over the permanent funding once again. 

“Before discharge (from the hospice), I had a bedside visit from a music therapist who played the most delightful and soothing music. I was asked if I would like a home visit. ‘Oh yes please! Can we sing jolly songs?’ And we do! It’s one of the best hours, once a fortnight, when I lose myself, forget I struggle with walking and get oxygen into my lungs. What therapy!”

“My husband was admitted into Rowcroft 2015 and met the music therapist there. The therapist gave him such a focus and brought him back to life again. He looked forward to every session and thanks to the therapist rigging up a drum kit over the bed he was able to play. Not only that, there was a group session in which I played the flute which I hadn’t done for years. It was the only time I ever played with my husband”.
Some of the instruments in the music therapy room, most of them donated by patients or thier families. Each one tells a story. 

“My husband Alan had a great love of music but following his terminal diagnosis he was unable to find much pleasure in it, or indeed life itself. So to find a place where he could be encouraged to again enjoy music making with a like-minded person, within a caring environment was a wonderful discovery. The pleasure he gained from the sessions lasted way beyond just those days and enhanced his remaining months. Indeed, the music therapy gave Alan the confidence to once more, although ill, to perform in 2 concerts – one in aid of “Macmillan” and 1 in aid of Rowcroft.
Finally, David visited Alan in hospital and played for him while he was dying – what better farewell can there have been?”

We need your help to meet our target. As I write this we are 14 days in and 1/2 of our way to our target! Fantastic.
Susie and Bill Trevize in Stoke Gabrielle supporting our comapaign with their music last Sunday. 

With your generous donations the Towersey Foundation will ensure music therapy continues to be part of the palliative care support for the people of South Devon.

Please watch this marvelouse video with Bob Heath, beautifully describing the work at Sobel House Hospice in Oxford. 


For more information about the appeal and about the Towersey Foundation visit:           www.towerseyfoundation.org.uk
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Update 6
Posted by David Holmes
28 days ago
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Hello all supporters of the campaign to save Rowcroft Hospice Music Therapy.
This is an excited up date too let you all know that with the sudden arrival of a large donation.... £5000 from a local charitable trust (The Eucalyptus Trust, lovely people), we have charged through and beyond our target. How about that!
So with all your contributions, 113 individual donations, along with collections from events and now this super large donation, we are able to keep the service going while we get into wider fund raising.
This is not the end of the story but we now have time to go out with applications across the charitable sector for grants from where ever we can find them.
Thanks to your connecting with this campaign we have jumped this first hurdle and we are confident that we will find the funds we need to secure the post until the hospice take up the funding again.
What this means is that the work can continue with the people who have already engaged with music therapy, I can take on new patients and the post can function effectively within the multi-disciplinary team. The work can go on!
I will keep you updated with news as it comes in. This crowdfunding site will remain open to donations. Any further help you might like to give with sharing and informing people about this campaign would be very welcome.
Once again, many many thanks for your connecting with and understanding the importance of this work, I am hugely grateful to all of you.

Very best wishes

David Holmes
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Update 5
Posted by David Holmes
1 month ago
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Hello all supporters of the campaign to SAVE ROWCROFT HOSPICE MUSIC THERAPY.
We have sailed past half way, now as I write, only £4.750 needed.
I want to point you to the video I have just attached to our gofundme site. It is a marvellous explanation of what can happen in a music therapy session by Bob Heath, describing his work at the Sobel House Hospice in Oxford. Please have a look at it. I think it tells the story beautifully.
Please continue supporting and spreading this campaign.
Many Thanks
David

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Update 4
Posted by David Holmes
1 month ago
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Hello to all Supporters of the Campaign to save Rowcroft Hospice Music Therapy.
We are now Just short of half way to our total with 2 weeks to go. It is fantastic what we have achieved, and now we have to do the same again.
We have right now had 99 donations. Who is going to be number 100?
I am going on the BBC Radio Devon breakfast show tomorrow morning, around 8.30, spread the word further still, we are already in the Torbay Herald Express and the Totnes-Today site.
I don't know if any of you have run a crowd funding campaign but it is quite a task keeping it going and pushing it along. (No sleep till Hammersmith).
If you are able to help any further by continuing to spread the word to whoever might be interested, please please do.
I will keep you updated whenever there is something to report, and even if there isn't.
I have uploaded some photos to the site, we had a fund raising do last Sunday in the lovely parish church in Stoke Gabrielle, on the River Dart. We raised a tidy £260 and generated a lot of good will with music from local musicians.
A video will soon be there as well.

With hope and best wishes

David Holmes
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Update 3
Posted by David Holmes
1 month ago
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Hello to everyone who has so far donated to help save the music therapy service at Rowcroft Hospice.
We are now just a tad short of being 1/3 of the way to our target!
We have achieved that in 9 days since we were open to donations. 70 people have donated. This is just fantastic!
So I would like to say a huge thanks to all of you, I think we are going to make it. We have 20 days left.
On the 8th of March, If we cannot show the hospice that this money is in the bank, They cannot allow the service to continue. They have to be able to plan far enough ahead so that the music therapist can be a viable part of the team, to be taking referrals and being able to commit to working with people who are dying.
When I begin working with someone, I always intend to be available for as long as they would like to continue to see me; this is usually up to their death. It might be a few days away or even a year or two.
This is why we need enough funding to keep things going for a good way into the future.
Please keep spending this campaign outwards so that the momentum we have can carry us through.

In love and hope

David Holmes
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Joanna Watters
27 days ago

congratulations, David

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£10,530 of £10k goal

Raised by 120 people in 1 month
Created January 31, 2017
RY
£20
Rob Young
14 days ago

Good work everyone and a most worthwhile cause!!

AL
£10
A J Leith
21 days ago
£10
Tania Longman
27 days ago
MB
£20
Matthew Bailey
28 days ago
ET
£5,000
Eucalyptus Trust
28 days ago(Offline Donation)
IB
£50
Ian Blakey
29 days ago
£10
Anonymous
29 days ago
CJ
£50
Clare Johnson
29 days ago
SR
£50
Sue Rivett
1 month ago
£35
Eugene Seah
1 month ago
Joanna Watters
27 days ago

congratulations, David

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