Insights Seetec Supports Essex Charities as Part of its 35 Years Celebration
24 October 2019

Seetec Supports Essex Charities as Part of its 35 Years Celebration

Music Man Project Website Feature

To mark our 35th anniversary, we’ve donated £10,000 to two Essex-based charities to support their growth.

The Music Man Project (MMP), part of Southend Mencap, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation (BDD) were chosen for the work they do both in the county and across the UK.

John Baumback Seetec Group Managing Director explained: “We help hundreds of thousands of people every year across the UK and Ireland through our employment, apprenticeship or rehabilitation support and some would have gained comfort and support from charities like MMP and BDD. These charities provide enormous professional support that help thousands of people and their families with very little funding. We are delighted to be able to offer these charities some financial support to enable them to carry on their vital services.”

MMP was founded in 2012 by former Deputy Head Teacher David Stanley to meet the growing demand for musical opportunities for children with learning disabilities. The project offers the same opportunities enjoyed by aspiring mainstream musicians, providing the best tuition, instruments and performance platforms available. MMP supports schools, the Salvation Army, local Mencap societies, Music Education Hubs and individuals in its objective to establish a specialist music service in every county, country and continent.

Marc McOwens, Southend Mencap General Manager said: “Being a registered charity, we are becoming more reliant than ever on the generosity of others to help fund our many activities that we provide for children and adults with learning disabilities. And with the ongoing financial climate, this has seen far less funding opportunities for charities such as ourselves to access.

 “The level of funding Seetec has provided, coupled with the merchandise Seetec purchased from us in the summer, has allowed our Music Man Project to grow far quicker than we could have imagined and will allow the project to extend to other learning disabled students both across the UK and in other countries too.”

David Stanley, Founder and CEO of The Music Man Project said: “This money will help thousands of people at our regional centres across the UK and abroad to access our world-record breaking music education service and to take part in inspirational performances, such as our London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall concerts. Our next dream is to play Broadway!”

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is characterised by a preoccupation with one or more perceived defects or flaws in appearance.

To date there has been very little research into BDD, which urgently needs funding so that it can be better understood and more effective treatments developed.

On behalf of the Foundation, Nicole Schnackenberg concluded: “The Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Foundation is the only charity worldwide completely dedicated to supporting people with BDD which affects 2-3% of the population and has one of the highest suicide rates of any diagnosable mental health condition. Seetec’s donation to the BDD Foundation will make a huge impact, as a small charity every penny makes such a difference to our ability to do more. Seetec’s donation shall be used for the 'Schools Project' which aims to raise awareness and understanding of BDD in educational settings.”