Graham Wylie receives prestigious award from the prime minister

The Prime Minister has today, 4 January, recognised Graham Wylie CBE, from Newcastle, with a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Graham has been honoured with the award for providing sustainable funding to projects in the North East, including our music therapy work.

Graham launched a charitable foundation in 2010 with the goal of fundraising, and providing grants, to causes across the North East which help underprivileged children. A successful businessman, Graham personally meets the running, administration and staffing costs of the charity and devotes his time to running the charity on an entirely voluntary basis. This allows 100 per cent of donations to be channelled into funding organisations, equipment and buildings to improve services for vulnerable children and young people across the region for years to come.

Through the foundation, Graham provided us with the building for our Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre in Newcastle in 2017 – our first dedicated centre outside of London, where we use music therapy to support vulnerable and isolated children and young people. The centre was opened in March 2018 and has enabled us to reach more children and families in the North East with our music therapy services.

Our CEO Julie Whelan said: “We are absolutely thrilled to hear that Graham Wylie has been recognised with an incredibly well-deserved Point of Light Award for his philanthropy and dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people in the North East. We are so thankful to The Graham Wylie Foundation, which has, through the provision of our Newcastle Centre, enabled us to take a significant step towards realising our vision of a world where music therapy is available to all those who need it.”

Graham said: It is an honour to receive a Point of Light Award from the Prime Minister – this will continue to inspire me to make my charitable foundation bigger and better and help, educate and inspire the children of the North East of England. Our first two projects, ‘The Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre’ and the ‘Mercy Project’ at St Marys’s Cathedral are up and running and we continue to fundraise to create more projects of a similar nature. This Award will help with our ambitions.

Huge congratulations to Graham from all of us at Nordoff Robbins!