Rocksteady Foundation At Chestnut Tree House Hospice
Author: Mark RobinsonHere at Rocksteady, our mission is to empower children through music, with an aim to reach as many children as we possibly can.
This summer saw the first pilot of our in house charity the Rocksteady Foundation.
For a while now we have been looking into ways that we can reach children who may not normally get a chance to experience Rocksteady. We hope to work alongside local charities and make a difference doing what we do best, transforming children into rockstars!
This August, band leader Rachel Hawker ran our very first Rocksteady experience day at Chestnut Tree House Hospice in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House is a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions.
Our day at the hospice was spent hosting one of their regular ‘Sibling Days’, where we were working alongside the siblings of children in the hospice. These children are also experiencing a hard time with brothers or sisters that are very ill, so days like this are invaluable. These days allow siblings to meet other children or teenagers who also have a sick brother or sister, and enjoy games, arts and crafts, and other fun activities… or in our case form their very own band, learn a whole song and perform it to their families at the end of the day!
It’s fair to say the day was a huge success. The children were a delight to work with and all went home beaming from ear to ear, feeling inspired. Rachel commented:
‘It was lovely to see. The hospice is such a wonderfully positive place, full of fun and compassion. We were only too happy to be a part of it and are delighted to be developing an ongoing relationship with this amazing charity. We can’t wait to go back in the October half term.’
A fantastic start to the work that we hope to do with the Rocksteady Foundation. We’re looking to reach children and teenagers who would not usually get the opportunity to perform in a rock band and would benefit the most from the experience.
Do you have any ideas for future projects the Rocksteady Foundation could make a difference with? Let us know.