Scottish soul-pop sensation Emeli Sandé has announced her support of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland's latest fundraising appeal to open a new facility in her hometown of Aberdeen.
The venture, which requires donations of £20,000 to open, would see the city gain a dedicated music therapy service.
This will help improve the lives of children and adults isolated by life limiting illnesses, disability and trauma by enhancing communication, supporting change and enabling people to live more resourcefully and creatively.
Sandé, who has been a firm supporter of the charity for a number of years, said: "Music is unbelievably powerful. It crosses barriers, opens the mind, moves the body and stirs the soul. It changes lives.
I am delighted to hear that Nordoff Robbins Scotland is hoping to set up a new service in my home city of Aberdeen
“You can therefore imagine how delighted I am to hear that Nordoff Robbins Scotland is hoping to set up a new service in my home city of Aberdeen.
“Hundreds of children and adults in the north-east are living with serious health conditions which make every day a new challenge. I know that Nordoff Robbins Scotland could make a huge difference to their lives."
Carolyne Nurse, the charity’s fundraising director, said: "There is a long list of people in Aberdeen whose lives could be transformed for the better through music therapy, and the work the charity has done across our four existing service bases is testament to why we feel so strongly about being able to continue to support and develop people across the country.
“Our music therapists produce incredible results, recently enabling a five year old who suffers from autism to speak for the first time as a result of our therapy sessions."
The charity needs £600,000 each year to operate and currently runs bases in Lothians, Glasgow, Stirling, Fife, Tayside, Perth and Kinross.
Its annual Scottish Music Awards takes place on Saturday, 29 November at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow, and is their main source of funding.
In previous years Scottish favourites including Twin Atlantic, Camera Obscura, Mogwai, Biffy Clyro, Deacon Blue, Barbara Dickson, songwriter John Reid, Nina Nebsitt, Shirley Manson and Paolo Nutini, as well as Sandé herself, have been honoured for their work.
This year marks 18 years of the event and sees Scotland's top musicians, media and music industry join forces to raise awareness of and money for the charity.
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