Radio 4 Appeal

The BBC Radio 4 Appeal is a weekly 3 minute programme highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations to support its activities. The appeal is a brilliant way for Soundabout to engage with the BBC’s audience.

Tune In to Make Music Change Lives

For one week, you will be able to donate online, through post or phone to the BBC Radio 4 team. 100% of donations will go to our work unlocking the potential of children and adults with severe and profound learning disabilities.

You will be able to listen to the recording using BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 4 at the following times:

Sunday 23rd October

7:54 AM

Sunday 23rd October

9:25 PM

Thursday 27th October

3:27 PM

Ava's Story

as told by her mum, Liz

“My 14-year-old daughter Ava is a remarkable young lady. She was born with a complex brain injury and now lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. She’s blind, uses a wheelchair and needs 24-hour care but that doesn’t define who she is.

“Ava has always endured long periods of very ill health, so even before the pandemic hit, being alone at home was our normal, which was chronically isolating.

“We came across the charity Soundabout a week into the first lockdown. From our very first session Ava was instantly engaged. Ava’s communication has come on dramatically over the past couple of years because we’ve had access to Soundabout every day.

“It’s improved our relationship because I’ve been able to understand her so much more.”

“It is magical to see all these kids with very different and complex needs coming alive, especially when you see kids Zooming in from hospital beds!

“Soundabout are saying we see you, we hear you, come and be part of something special with us, the music practitioner can meet these children, where they’re at, no matter what their state of health, seeing them at their best, but equally at their worst and when bad things happen, like blood tests, canulas, surgeries…

“The Soundabout team help these children feel safe again in an environment where they usually feel anything but.”

Make a Difference

Soundabout’s mission is to ensure that people with severe and profound learning disabilities can connect to the world around them through music.

We urgently need your help to fund regular interactive online music sessions, for children and young adults like Ava. We would like to raise £30,000 to run these sessions for the next six months.