“Nordoff Robbins is an incredible music charity which transforms the lives of thousands of people through music therapy each year. I have witnessed first-hand how Nordoff Robbins music therapy helps people in so many different ways. Music has changed my life and I’m so proud to support a charity which changes the lives of those who need it the most through the healing power of music.”
Each year Nordoff Robbins helps children and adults across the UK struggling with all kinds of conditions including autism, dementia, learning difficulties, mental health problems, stroke, depression or life-threatening and terminal illnesses. As an official Ambassador for the charity since 2011, Alfie is a top supporter, helping to raise awareness and vital funds for their life-transforming work.
“For the fourth year running I’m giving up my birthday for music therapy! I’m asking all my wonderfully generous and supportive fans to help me celebrate by making a donation, if you can, to music charity Nordoff Robbins. All donations, no matter how large or small will help provide thousands of vital music therapy sessions to vulnerable and isolated people across the UK. That’s the best birthday gift I could ever wish for.”
Here are some other ways you can join Alfie in supporting Nordoff Robbins:
Nordoff Robbins keeps Alfie up to date with how his fans are supporting their work and he loves to hear what you’re up to, so don’t forget to mention Alfie if you make a donation or fundraise.
Children & the Arts believes that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. Our UK wide arts engagement programmes work with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage by building partnerships between their schools and local cultural venues. The charity takes children on a journey into their local arts venue and unlocks the arts for those who need to be inspired by them the most, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence and nurturing their social and educational skills. Through the work of Children & the Arts, children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit. Since 2006 Children & the Arts has introduced over 300,000 young people to life-changing arts experiences
Alfie is patron of Trinity Hospice, which has provided excellence in specialist, compassionate care on the journey towards the end of life on the Fylde coast for more than 30 years, touching the lives of around 8,000 local people every year. Trinity helps people live life to the full, and live well right to the very end. Demand for its care keeps on growing and its services continue to evolve to meet changing expectations. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, Trinity is rated ‘outstanding’ and is proud of its modern facilities and high standards. But Trinity is more than a set of buildings – its nursing teams work at the hospital and out in the community day and night, covering every part of the Fylde coast. Each year it costs more than £8 million to keep Trinity’s doors open, and its care free of charge. Although it does receive some government funding, there is a £5 million shortfall which is only met thanks to the generosity of local people – people who may one day call on Trinity – who made donations, take part in one of many fundraising events held throughout the year, or volunteer their time.
Alfie is also patron of Trinity’s dedicated children’s service, Brian House – the only children’s hospice for the Fylde Coast, offering unique, expert care and support that makes a huge difference to the most seriously ill and vulnerable children in our community. The purpose-built hospice allows children with incredibly challenging medical needs and conditions to have the chance to live life to the full; to play and have fun as every child should. Brian House offers respite care whether it’s for a day, a night, a weekend or even longer, for families whenever they need it. And it’s there to offer end-of-life care when the time comes, as well as bereavement support for families who need it. All of Brian House’s services are provided completely free of charge to every family which needs them, but with running costs of more than £1.2million and little help from the government, it relies on the support of people and organisations the community.
Alfie has been an incredible supporter of Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice over the years, and more recently through his Homecoming Concert in Fleetwood which raised enough money to pay for Brian House for a whole week! Alfie’s fans are also amazing in their support for Trinity because of its connection with Alfie, which is truly amazing. Hospices are not a place of sadness, but often of happiness and hope, and of astonishing kindness – and Alfie’s generosity in becoming a Patron of his local hospice means so very much.
Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
For some young adults, their Special Day is the opportunity to return some normality to their lives. For others it is the last chance to fulfil a dream. But for all, it is a life-affirming experience that can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it’s needed most. To date, Willow has provided more than 14,500 Special Days for young adults diagnosed with a life-threatening condition such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease. Founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, Willow is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration.