Our Mission

George’s Rockstars was set up inspired by George’s experience with music therapy to make children in hospital smile through the power of music therapy.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
– Hans Christian Anderson

Why Music Therapy?

George was fortunate enough to benefit from music therapy sessions while in isolation during his bone marrow transplant at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Music therapy was the highlight of George’s week during a very tough time and George’s parents saw how happy the children on the ward were when the music therapist came around. It gave a then 4 year old George a way to express his feelings of frustration.

What Is Music Therapy?

Music is part of all of us – in our heartbeats and movements, our laughter, crying and singing. Music Therapy uses music to help children and their families live creatively and resourcefully in the face of illness, disability and trauma.

Music Therapists know that being in hospital or living with a long term condition might bring up lots of different feelings and can be difficult and scary. Music therapy is an amazing way to help both children and their families explore and express their feelings without having to put them into words – and it can also be lots of fun!

Our Music Therapists

George’s Rockstars have a small team of Music Therapists who are professionally qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have many years of specialist training to support children, young people and their families.

The therapy team is led by Cathy Birch who trained at Nordoff Robbins and qualified in 2014. She has many years of experience working in children’s hospitals and is also the Co-Chair of the Paediatric Network for the British Association of Music Therapists.

Our Safeguarding Policy

Click here to read our current Safeguarding Policy – 916 KB / PDF format.

Our Work So Far

We started Music Therapy in 2021 in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and within a year grew to cover 4 hospitals across Hampshire including Basingstoke, Winchester and the Piam Brown Children’s Oncology ward at Southampton Children Hospital.

We are now on a mission to bring music therapy to more wards at Southampton Children Hospital, our regional specialist children’s hospital, including neuro for children with acquired brain injury, the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, kidney dialysis unit and cardiac unit for children with congenital heart conditions.

Beyond Southampton, we have a waiting list of children hospital wards that want us to bring the power of music to the children on their wards.

Our first official charity film!

We are so proud to show the difference music therapy has been making to children in hospitals across 4 Hampshire hospitals in George’s name. George’s little sister Bella especially was very proud to see how she is helping children like her brother smile during filming.

We couldn’t help these children without your support so thank you! Please share and help us grow support for the charity and reach more children like George through music and meet the huge demand we have.

Huge thanks to Ollie Uglow – Freelance Filmmaker for helping us show the world what we do and working so hard to create this and to all of the families involved in the film.

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