MCF £15,000 grant to the Otakar Kraus Music Trust

Local disabled children and young people will receive music lessons thanks to Middlesex Freemasons –

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Local children and young people with disabilities will receive specialist music lessons, thanks to a £15,000 grant from Middlesex Freemasons to the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT).

Children and young people with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, ASD and Down’s syndrome will discover their innate abilities and develop their musical talent, with some studying for and passing music exams.

The Otakar Kraus Music Trust is based in the London Borough of Richmond and was set up in 1991 to provide music therapy for children and young people who have physical, psychological, learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties. The OKMT have provided nearly 3,000 individual and group music sessions each year, supporting over 290 people in Richmond, Hounslow and surrounding boroughs.

The music lessons will be held by qualified music therapists and using specialised methods enable pupils to gradually learn to play an instrument or sing. The lessons help to improve their well-being and quality of life through creative and participatory music making, plus enable them to make friends through joint music making and feel part of the community.

The new funding will also enable the Trust to expand their service to include more beneficiaries currently on their waiting list.

The grant from Middlesex Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Clare Lawrence, Director from Otakar Kraus, said:

We’re incredibly grateful to Middlesex Freemason for their generous grant, which will help us transform people’s lives through music. These children have been on our waiting list for a long time, and we’re thrilled they’re able to start their musical journeys.

VW Bro Barry Cramer PGSwdB, Deputy Provincial Grand Master from Middlesex Freemasons, said:

I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Otakar Kraus. They do excellent work with disabled children and young people, providing them with qualified music therapists and specialised methods to enable them to learn to play an instrument or sing, and perform in public.

About the Otakar Kraus Music Trust –

The Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT) is based in the London Borough of Richmond and provides music therapy for people of all ages who have physical, psychological, learning, behavioural or emotional difficulties. Our mission is to ensure that every child and adult has access to affordable music therapy in the community, helping to improve their well-being and quality of life through creative and participatory music making.

www.okmtrust.org.uk

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation –

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Freemasons and their families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk

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