Jessie's Fund helps seriously ill children through the therapeutic and creative use of music
In December 1993 Jessica George, a bright and musical nine-year-old, suddenly became ill and was diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumour. Her prognosis was very poor, but there was some hope offered by complementary treatment available in the U.S.
Jessie's Fund was established to meet the cost of this treatment and was named by Jessie herself, but she died in May 1994, before the treatment could be undertaken. Her parents, musicians Lesley Schatzberger and Alan George, decided that Jessie's Fund should become a charity dedicated to helping seriously ill and disabled children through the creative and therapeutic use of music: it was registered as such in 1995.