We’re delighted to share the news that we have made the first donation from a trust fund that was set up in memory of our colleague, Helen. We have donated £500 from the Helen Bettley Memorial Fund to the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre that uses interactive music making to help people whose lives have been affected by illness or disability.
Technical Manager, Helen passed away following surgery last year and the fund was established by our colleagues and directors to raise money in Helen’s memory for charitable purposes.
One of the fund’s trustees, Melanie Jackson, travelled to the Centre’s office outside Malton to hand over the cheque. She said: “This is the first time we have chosen a recipient of a donation, and we have chosen the Therapy Centre because Helen lived in Malton and was also very interested in music as a pastime.
“We feel that our donation would meet with Helen’s approval and supports a cause that would be important to her.”
One of the recipients of the cheque was Laura Festa, Director of Music Therapy at the Centre: “Music therapy enables people of all ages and abilities to communicate and express themselves through music, voice, instruments and music technology. It can help people to build confidence, develop social skills, improve dexterity and process emotional or psychological problems.
“As a registered charity, we rely heavily on donations like the one from the team at Soanes Poultry and we are very grateful for their support.”
Pictured left to right are Chris Deakin, Melanie Jackson, Laura Festa and Kerry Metcalfe from the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre.