Alder Hey Children’s Charity would like to thank Wallace and Gromit's Children's Charity for funding The Lullaby Project. This ground-breaking music project is currently supporting our neonatal families across Alder Hey.
The experience of having a new baby cared for in hospital can be an emotionally demanding and traumatic experience. Through The Lullaby Project we empower families to create their own personal lullabies for their babies, increasing parent and child bonding during what can be long and complex treatment journeys.
This innovative project is being delivered using the expertise of specialist musicians from the music charity Live Music Now. This charity has been key to delivering Alder Hey’s bespoke music programme for many years and we have a strong track record of delivering successful projects together.
Vicky Charnock, Alder Hey’s Arts coordinator told us:
“At Alder Hey we see our neonatal families at a really challenging time, as they face the acute anxiety and stress that comes with caring a seriously unwell newborn. Because babies are often extremly fragile, parents often find themselves unable to respond to their daily needs as they usually would. This can make them feel completely powerless.”
“Along with touch and eye contact, the sound of a parents’ voice as they talk or sing to their babies is an important way of building up loving and trusting bonds. Through The Lullaby Project, we will give parents a growing awareness of the capacity they have to be able to support the development of their babies, even when they are receiving high levels of medical care. Families will also be given the opportunity to make a recording of their lullabies, providing a lasting memento of the project.”
We are extremely grateful to Wallace and Gromit's Children's Charity for their continued support of our work here at Alder Hey. The Lullaby Project really will make a huge difference to our neonatal families, even during the most challenging of times.