I'm Lesley Schatzberger and I founded Jessie's Fund in memory of my daughter, who died aged 9. A couple of years later I wrote to my old school friend Victoria to ask if she would consider becoming our Patron. She responded quickly, and with typical generosity, saying words to the effect that she would like to be more than a figurehead: she really identified with our purpose of helping children with special needs to communicate through music and would like to be actively involved.
Everyone is mourning the loss of a comic genius, writer, actor and musician. We've also lost a kind, generous and humble friend, and a wonderful Patron of Jessie's Fund for 18 years.
In memory of Victoria Wood
In Victoria's words: So why Jessie’s Fund? First reason, and it’s an important one, is that Lesley and I were in the school orchestra together in the days of sixpences and Herman’s Hermits. Lesley was clarinet, I’m guessing first, and I was first trumpet. OK, I was only trumpet. It wasn’t a great line up, there were about 53 woodwind, 8 violins, one brass, and one percussion... Then she wrote to me to tell me about Jessie, her daughter who sounded such a lovely child, bright and funny and musical, and I was full of admiration for the way that Lesley had turned a personal tragedy into such a force for good, so I said, yes, I’ll be a patron, I was glad to be.What I love about music is we don’t know what it is, how it works, and it doesn’t matter. It’s all about totally personal response, it helps us find out who we are, and we all deserve that, however many days we’re given.
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