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£1,520raised of £2,000 target by 27 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,520 to fund the distribution of a fun and original music resource for early years learning, elderly care and support in education

    Location
    Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Friday, 23rd December 2016

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    Black Spot is an original series of educational resources created by Ben Heaney, promoting mental focus through an engaging method of learning.
    “A unique and very enjoyable musical game/composition/brain trainer. Every home should have one!” - Master of the Queen’s Music

    It is helping people of all ages, finding use as a gateway to reading, facilitating communication through musical activity in public & private education, learning support and specialist care. The feedback is extremely positive.

    Ben was selected as SparkVale’s 2014 Best New Business Idea competition finalist, and with support from Abingdon Music Centre and funding from Oxfordshire District Council, Ben gave proof of concept classes at a care-home.
    “The book is easy to understand, enjoyable and engaging” – Care-Home Activities Coordinator

    The work was then incorporated into a new scheme of work and successfully delivered for the Oxfordshire Learning Network at two care-homes. Ben was then invited to present this work at their AGM. This work led to the Creative Dementia Arts Network offering Ben a place on their Arts practitioner in dementia care course.
    “Just Brilliant” - Chief Executive, CDAN

    Following a placement at a local Alzheimer's Society Day Centre, Ben presented for CDAN’s Annual conference at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and gave a series of workshops as featured Arts Practitioner. He was then invited to give demos for the Guideposts “Lights Up! Memory Club” meetings.

    As well as providing activities to those with failing memory conditions, this work is also being used in Early Years development, school education and beyond. In May 2016, Ben was invited to give a demonstration of his work for PhD students at the Henley Business School as an effective team-building exercise. The possible uses of Black Spot are limited only by the imagination!

    Please help Ben reach more people who need this work most by making a donation and sharing the news of this campaign.

    Many thanks!

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    • Ben Heaney9 months ago
      Ben Heaney

      Ben Heaney

      9 months ago

      This is amazing - thank you - I'll be in contact early in the New Year with an outline of how your generosity will go totally, directly towards distributing the Black Spot... In the meantime, Happy Christmas and the very best wishes for the coming year!

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    • Ben Heaney9 months ago
      Ben Heaney

      Ben Heaney

      9 months ago

      Time to bring the campaign to a close and with a whopping £1470 donated Black Spot is definitely going to be reaching many more people than previously possible! Thank you all so much for helping and believing in the potential of this work! Happy Christmas and looking forward to contacting you in the New Year with news of the plan unfolding!! - there's one day left, hopefully with another announcement the total might yet rise further...

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    • Ben Heaney9 months ago
      Ben Heaney

      Ben Heaney

      9 months ago

      Just been phone interviewed for a possible article in the Oxford Mail & Abingdon Herald! Fingers crossed, as that would help spread the word! Whilst I'd happily end the campaign now having raised an impressive £1440, I'm going to extend it again by 1 week in the hope that with a press article I might yet reach the target... I really couldn't be doing this without your kind financial support. It is going towards directly helping those who might benefit most from playing Balck Spot. I am very grateful. Thank you

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    • Ben Heaney9 months ago
      Ben Heaney

      Ben Heaney

      9 months ago

      Wow - two private donations made offline bringing the total to a terrific £1340! Tantalising close to two thousand!! I will be posting details of how this super generosity will go directly towards furthering Black Spot in and beyond the community! Thank you and thank you again!

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    10 months ago

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    Supporters

    27

    • Bruce White

      Bruce White

      Dec 22, 2016

      Last push..xb

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 17, 2016

      £250.00

    • Richard Hynd

      Richard Hynd

      Dec 17, 2016

      Well done. Sounds a very good cause

      £30.00

    • Alastair Low

      Alastair Low

      Dec 14, 2016

      £100.00

    • Malcolm Brice

      Malcolm Brice

      Dec 10, 2016

      Great idea, Ben.

      £30.00

    • Robin Pettitt

      Robin Pettitt

      Dec 8, 2016

      Excellent Work Mr H

    • Dominic Stratten

      Dominic Stratten

      Dec 8, 2016

      There you go - halfway there,. Good luck :)

      £10.00

    About the fundraiser
    Ben Heaney

    Ben Heaney

    Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

    I'm a qualified Arts Practitioner in Dementia Care and SparkVale Best New Business Idea competition finalist. Before starting a company in 2014, I worked as the Performing Arts Co-ordinator and Directed Music, teaching at the Cokethorpe Educational Trust from 2001.

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