Making Music and Memories

Thought to be the only one of its kind in the UK, the Jess Mackie Music Garden is a new, vibrant and interactive outdoor space at Edinburgh's children's hospital where children can enjoy creative play, music making and fresh air away from the wards.

It features five large (and loud!) musical instruments - the Congas, Tembos, Rainbow Trio Chimes, Harmony Bells and Marimba; as well as curving pathways ideal for scooting, and grassy play areas.

This multisensory space was funded by the Jess Mackie Memorial Fund (JMMF), a tribute fund of ECHC which is held by the Mackie family in loving memory of their daughter Jess, who sadly passed away 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.

“Music 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.”

- Mike Mackie, Jess' Dad

When Covid restrictions allow, the music garden will also be used as an outdoor performance space, where our visiting musicians and artists will perform and run music making workshops all year round.

We are enormously grateful to the incredible Mackie family, their friends and supporters for funding the wonderful music garden and other therapeutic music projects within the hospital.

An huge thank you also to Percussion Play for providing the amazing, free-standing musical instruments which fill the hospital with such joyful sounds.

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