Making Precious Moments Count
The Marc Bolan London Music Project and Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
In the early 1970’s Marc Bolan was the biggest rock star to emerge in the UK since The Beatles. With his bands Tyrannosaurus Rex and T. Rex, Marc took the music world by storm and his music has been highly influential on a wide range of musicians and recording artists over the decades since his untimely death in a car crash on 16th September 1977.
Marc always understood the power of music on children. Now Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, in conjunction with Marc's family, friends and fans, is planning to build a memorial bandstand and garden within the new Noah’s Ark complex in Barnet, North London. The memorial will be funded solely by the Marc Bolan London Music Project, which will also donate equipment for a Music Therapy Room within the hospice. This will enable children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to express themselves musically, vocally, visually and spiritually in Marc's name.
A hospice building for children and families in North London. The 'Building the Ark Appeal' is raising the funds required to construct North London’s only children’s hospice building, which will allow a wider breadth of care to more of the 1,169 babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
The hospice will be built on a 7.5 acre nature reserve close to Barnet town centre and will provide an inspiring space for relaxation, adventure and for children and their families to connect with others facing similar challenges. It will be a ‘home from home’ for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, where they will be given the time and space to be children and not just patients.
The Project Team
Michael Torry - writer / musician and founder of the Marc Bolan London Music Project.
Gordon Abbott - was once one half of the Tyrannosaurus Rex tribute duo 'Strange Orchestra' writing the majority of the duos self penned album and is now playing guitar for 'Beltane'
Caroline (Feld) Coggin - is Marc's cousin and attends the commemorative services and the London Bop.
Barry Smith - is responsible for arranging the yearly commemorative service at Golders Green and has arranged Bolan Bops in the past.
Phil Bourne - is a London based photographer and musician and is the project's webmaster and official photographer.
Anthony Hayman - Head of Major Giving at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice