Thanks to your support, Wallace & Gromit’s Children Charity has been able to continue supporting a Music Therapy programme at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. The hospital has provided music therapy to 450 children in just one year.
One child who has benefited from the programme is Alexander. At just 4-years-old Alexander has spent most of his short life in and out of hospital for operations and chemotherapy to treat his rare form of eye cancer. He uses music therapy as a way to cope with his condition. Before music therapy, he was terrified of the word “hospital” and hearing ambulance sirens as he associated them with pain. Registered blind, Alexander became withdrawn and extremely anxious. He screamed throughout his first session of music therapy and and sought the comfort of his buggy – refusing to get out to play. Now Alexander happily plays a “nee-naw” ambulance sound on the piano and takes charge of his sessions.
Alexander’s Mum said, “Music therapy has helped Alexander develop his own sense of self and build his confidence. It’s finally a place where he has an element of control and an alternative means of self-expression, as well as having fun!”
Fundraising Manager, Gemma Downham said, "This is an enormous achievement for this visually-impaired, anxious little boy! Music therapy makes a huge difference to children in hospitals. We passionately believe all sick children deserve the very best care available and we need your help to provide this."