Media Production students win award and praise for their work with local children’s charity

Four Media Production students from the University of Northampton have received high praise for a short documentary they made to showcase the work of a local children’s charity.

Adam Seal, Lucy Parke, Luke Sheehan and Charlotte Siddall teamed up with Northampton-based Thomas’s Fund – a charity that provides music therapy for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses or a disability – to produce a promotional film to highlight its work and celebrate its achievements in the 10 years since it was established.

Adam Seal said: “It is truly hard to grasp the value of a charity until you see first-hand the work they do and when we started working with Thomas’s Fund, we were blown away.

“Our main aim when filming was to be respectful and sensitive as we were entering family homes to capture the therapy sessions and it was important to blend into the background so the children acted as naturally as possible. It was certainly a challenge but we were incredibly happy with the final results.”

Jan Hall, Chair of Thomas’s Fund, commented: “The final film was far more than we expected. It represents the work of the charity in a wonderful accessible way and we were extremely impressed with the sensitivity and professionalism the students showed when interviewing parents, carers, therapists and the children.

The students won the Changemaker University Initiative of the Year Award for their project as it embraced the University’s Changemaker ethos to effect change and social impact.