Friday November 13th 2015 saw thousands of fans fill Wembley Arena to support Jono Grant of the internationally renowned British dance act Above & Beyond (together with fellow members Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki), for a special gig in memory of his sister, Charlotte Morley, who died suddenly earlier this year. Today, the band have released a short film that tells the story behind the fund, set to Above & Beyond’s song with Justine Suissa ‘Little Something’, an ode to parenthood.
The sell out concert raised more than £222,000 for the Little Something charitable fund, set up in Charlotte’s memory, to support pregnant women and mothers with perinatal mental health difficulties.
Jono Grant commented: “It was fitting for this show to be a legacy for Charlotte, to honour her dedication to the perinatal mental health service and recognise the work she did. We will make sure her memory continues through the Little Something charitable fund.”
Dr Jo Black, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and colleague, commented: “We’re very grateful to Above & Beyond for all they have done and the amazing sum of money they have raised. We are dedicated to carrying on Charlotte’s commitment to this cause by making best use of the Little Something fund in supporting women and their families into the future.”
Furthermore, HM Treasury confirmed that all VAT on tickets would be waived, boosting the total donation to the Little Something fund.
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “I am pleased to announce that the Government will be waiving the VAT on ticket sales for this sold out performance, with all proceeds being used to help continue the great work of Charlotte Morley and her team for so many vulnerable women in Devon.”
Charlotte Morley was a well-respected member of the Perinatal Mental Health Service across Devon and Torbay provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. She supported pregnant women and new mothers, their babies and families during these difficult times and she worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this issue and to de-stigmatise the condition.
The Little Something fund is managed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust – which provides mental health and learning disability services across Devon and the wider South West. The Perinatal Mental Health Service is dedicated to working with pregnant women and new mothers who are worried about their emotional or mental wellbeing. Women can experience mental health issues during and around pregnancy which can be worrying for both them and their extended family. The specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service, and others like it across the UK, have dedicated teams of professionals who help pregnant women and new mothers manage and improve their experience of early motherhood so that their illness impacts less on them and the bonding of their family unit.