New Funds for People with Disabilities
New grants of up to £1,000 are available for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both and living in Somerset or Devon to take part in music therapy, music experiences and outdoor adventures. The grants are made possible by a new fund called Mary’s Beat, which has been created in memory of Mary Christabel Dyer.
Administered by Somerset Community Foundation, Mary’s Beat will consider funding for individuals to participate in an activity which would not otherwise be available to them. Eligible activities include music therapy, one-off concerts, and outdoor activities that will build self-confidence, encourage participation and inspire hope for the future.
Mary, who sadly passed away last year, was born with severe disabilities and required constant care, however she lived a rich and rewarding life. She loved attending live music concerts and enjoyed the great outdoors: camping, walking in her adapted wheelchair, and cycling in her ‘Duet’ wheelchair bike.
Debbie, Mary's mother says: "Mary was so enthusiastic about life, she embraced it and made the most of every single day. We want this fund to reflect her passion and vitality for outdoor activities and live music – especially walking, cycling, camping and music festivals. So we’ve set up a fund in Mary’s name to support people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both, to access the music events and therapy and outdoor adventures that gave Mary so much pleasure.”