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Kent based musician Rob Tompsett has been awarded funding through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants to provide much needed entertainment to care home residents and day centre service users across England both virtually via the internet and in person when it is safe to do so.

The benefits of live music, particularly to those living with dementia, are well documented.

Music evokes memories, reduces stress and anxiety, it enriches lives and brightens the day.

“I am a professional musical entertainer who, seven years ago, took a leap of faith and focused all my attention on providing musical entertainment to care home residents, and I’m so glad I did. I feel I can make a real positive difference to people’s lives” Rob said, adding “With this grant I can bring joy through music & laughter to so many more care homes and day centres without stretching their available funds. Thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery, you are contributing to enriching lives through the arts, and that is a truly wonderful thing”

Jo Mazza, Manager of Ashley Gardens Care Home in Maidstone, Kent said “Live music has such a positive effect on our residents, especially those diagnosed with dementia, but of course when Covid hit we had to close our doors to visiting entertainers. We are passionate about providing a varied activities plan for our residents, and the team were determined to continue this throughout the pandemic despite restrictions.

Rob’s free online shows have enabled us to do that, and the residents have really enjoyed the fantastic entertainment! We are truly grateful to Rob and the smiles he has brought to our residents’ faces. “

An Arts Council England spokesperson explained “National Lottery Project Grants is our open access funding programme that supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we’re able to support projects that bring creativity and joy to people from all backgrounds and places, such as Rob T’s Making People Happy musical project.”

National Lottery players raise over £36 million for good causes each week, funding arts, heritage, sports, voluntary and charity projects around the UK. Over £43 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery began in 1994.

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