Patients, visitors, and staff at Edinburgh Children's Hospital will now be able to benefit from a new multi-sensory musical garden created in the loving memory of an East Lothian teenager who loved music. The sensory space has been fully funded by the Jess Mackie Memorial Fund (JMMF) set up by the Mackie family to support therapeutic music projects within the hospital in memory of their daughter Jess who passed away in 2018 aged 14. The garden pays tribute to Jess’ love of music and encourages children and young people to have fun making melodies together in a relaxing, non-clinical setting away from the wards.
The Jess Mackie Music Garden is a vibrant, interactive outdoor space that ensures children don’t miss out on the joy of creative play and music-making while in hospital. The garden will provide an oasis for reflective, educational, and creative endeavors, such as reading, writing, art, and music-making.
Featuring six Percussion Play outdoor musical instruments nestled within ornamental grasses and along wide wheelchair-friendly walkways are a Congas trio in bespoke colors, Tembos, wall mounted Rainbow Chimes, a Harmony Bell Flower in C-Major, a Grand Marimba, and Babel Drum. This nurturing and healing environment also boasts a tee-pee, bird's nest swing, plenty of seating areas, shade, and shelter. It is designed to inspire, educate and entertain patients, families, and staff.
“Many children and young people in hospital feel vulnerable because they lack control over what's happening to them. Music can have an enormous and positive impact, helping ignite a spark and give back a sense of control.
“It also gives children and young people a means of expressing themselves, making friends, and building confidence. Jess knew this and would have loved to know she was a part of making this happen.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the wonderful music garden which is such a fitting tribute to our beautiful daughter. We hope lots of children, young people, families, and hospital staff will enjoy it for many years to come.”