Three years on……..

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Anniversaries can be difficult days and tomorrow, February 10th, will be three years since we lost our beautiful Jemima. Not a day goes by when we don’t remember her, sometimes with smiles, sometimes with tears, often with laughter. We miss her more than words could say.

But we are left with Jemima’s Gift, her wonderful legacy and an opportunity to bring some of her enthusiasm for life into the hearts and lives of children and young people who may not have the privilege and opportunity that she had.

Jemima’s Gift continues to support children to make the most of their talents, gifts and opportunities in sports, the arts and education. This last year we have been able to provide sporting equipment, music lessons, musical instruments, places on school trips, a disability trike, ABRSM exam fees and music, riding lessons, IT equipment, provision for children with additional needs during a stage production, staging and concert sponsorship for Bath Abbey Music Makers and travel expenses for an international ice-dancer!

Our next project is likely to be to fund art and creative craft sessions to run alongside a live storytelling show which will tour around hospitals and hospices, specifically ministering to bereaved and pre-bereaved children. This is an initiative which is particularly close to our hearts.

The opportunity to be involved in projects like these, both large and small, makes our grief seem more worthwhile and meaningful. It is wonderful to be the bearer of good news every time we are able to accept a request and make someone’s day!

We would not have been able to do this without your support, either financial, practical or in prayer.

We are so grateful to those of you who came to Annabel’s second Music Marathon either to sing, listen, play or offer front of house support and cakes!

We are grateful for the gifts we have received for Jemima at Christmas, birthdays and special occasions, or in memory of a loved one. This year we have also been given a fabulous keyboard and a super clarinet, both of which will be played eagerly by their thrilled recipients!

We are thankful for the donations made from fund-raising events that you have held, without us having asked – a first art exhibition, a concert, a stall at The May Fayre, marathons, triathaolons, donations in lieu of gifts at your own special occasions, clothes swaps and so much more. You are all so generous.

We know that you support us because you too are touched by the grief of losing Jemima, but we also hope that you support us because you believe, like Jemima did, that life is for living, and living to the full. It is a truly wonderful feeling to think of all the music, sport, arts and learning happening in Jemima’s name and we know that she would be incredibly proud of everything that we have done with her immeasurable gifts.

Thank you all, from everyone at Jemima’s Gift

 

Introducing Ellie

imageThank you so much to Ellie for this beautiful photo of her first riding lesson. Ellie is a young carer and we are delighted to be able to fund riding lessons for her at a local riding stables. We are really enjoying hearing all Ellie’s news and look forward to hearing more about her riding progress in the future, it certainly looks as though she is having a great time!

Many thanks to Strings Incognito

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We had a wonderful afternoon in Calne last Sunday, with beautiful music from Strings Incognito and lots of tea and cake! There was also a fabulous colouring competition for children to take part in during the music. Congratulations to Amelia and James who both won a family ticket to see The Snow Child at The Rondo Theatre, Bath, this Christmas.

We are very grateful to Nicola Ashton and Catherine Oliver for all their hard work in organising this wonderful event, which raised a fabulous £250! Thank you both so much.

The Snow Child

imageJemima’s Gift is delighted to be sponsoring The Snow Child, a beautiful live show at The Rondo Theatre, this Christmas. The show is interactive, multi-sensory and inclusive. It will feature Makaton in all performances and there will be specific British Sign Language performances as well as more relaxed shows where movement and noise within the audience will be perfectly acceptable. There will also be “Big Scream” events catering for families with very young children.

Butterfly Psyche Theatre approached us for help to improve access to their performances for families who have children with additional needs. We will be providing funding for a “breakout space” to provide a comfortable oasis of calm during performances, this will enable anyone who feels overwhelmed by what is happening on stage to take some time to relax outside the main auditorium, together with iPads to enhance the experience of the children using the space.

The exciting news is that we have 2 sets of Family Tickets to give away and will be awarding these as prizes at the Strings Incognito concert next Sunday afternoon, at Calne Town Hall. Come along at 2pm and do some colouring during the music for your chance to win!

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Concert in aid of Jemima’s Gift

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Do come along to this very informal string orchestra concert given by Strings Incognito in Calne Town Hall on Sunday 1st November.

There will be a very special treat for oboe fans – Gabriel’s Oboe with a soloist guest appearance!

There will also be tea, cake and a very exciting children’s art competition with fantastic prizes – see you there!

Congratulations Lily and Emma

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Well done to Lily and Emma, both chosen to play in the ABRSM High Scorers’ concert in Chippenham on Saturday. This concert is given by students who have done particularly well in their music grade exams. Lily played Themes from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a piece from her Grade Three bassoon exam. Emma’s piece was Allegro from Concerto in Bb by Mozart, and was one of her Grade eight pieces. Both girls gained a distinction in these exams and played very beautifully in the concert. We were very proud to listen to them, knowing that Jemima’s Gift has helped them in their musical careers.

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