Ex-Salford Radio DJ, Spence Massey is raising money to purchase specialised music equipment that will help children with additional needs during the Corona Virus pandemic.
For the past four years, Spence has been helping children with disabilities and adults living with Alzheimer’s disease and other life limiting issues.
Prior to the pandemic, he hosted music therapy sessions at his daughter’s additional needs school in Bolton. His daughter who is aged 12 has cerebral palsy, quadruple spasticity and is partially deaf and blind.
Spence said: “The change in her since she joined the school has been amazing. She’s been very poorly over the last few years and there was many times we didn’t think she was going to come home from the hospital. I just think what they do there is amazing, I’d love to give them just that little bit more help.”
— Spence (@spence_massey) July 23, 2020
“These are amazing kids. I’m not going to let this go.”
According to the British Association for Music Therapy, the use of music therapy can help to increase motivation, empower the individuals by offering choices and encourage and stimulate physical movement and co-ordination. It can also act as a language, giving the individuals a way of communicating their feelings and freedom to express themselves.
He said: “ Obviously with the pandemic I can’t go into the school anymore, so it would be nice to get the equipment for themselves. Something more user friendly so they don’t need as much supervision and they can feel a bit more in control.”
Spence has also been hosting music events at Walkden Manor nursing home in Worsley, as part of Good Morning Britain’s ‘One Million Minutes‘ campaign. The campaign has been encouraging viewers to pledge some time to help older people that may be experiencing severe loneliness. GMB have teamed up with six charities who all work with people who are lonely and are asking people to take the time out to speak to anyone you know in your local community who could be lonely, as it only takes one minute to make someone’s day.
As a result of the pandemic, charities are struggling more than ever to raise funds as there has been little financial aid from the government.
“I’m just a little nip in the ocean with a crazy idea, charities now are really struggling.”