An award-winning project which brings classical singers into a Birmingham children's ward faces the chop unless further funding is found.
Singing Medicine, the pioneering Ex Cathedra Education singing project at Birmingham Children's Hospital, has been commended at the prestigious NHS annual Health and Social Care awards in the Children's Care category.
It offers weekly singing activities to children of all ages and abilities on the cardiac, neurology, oncology and renal wards and high-dependency units.
The vocal tutors are all members of Birmingham-based ensemble Ex Cathedra, one of the UK's finest choirs specialising in early music and Latin American baroque.
But the project, which costs #60,000 per year to run, has no funding.
It received initial cash from the Government-funded Youth Music but cannot get more from that source.
Joint project leader Rebecca Ledgard said: "Singing Medicine has been changing the lives of children with life-limiting conditions for a year and we are delighted to be Regional Winners and receive national recognition.
"Doctors, psychiatrists, nurses and families have all praised the work, saying it enriches the lives of ill children. We are turning over every stone to try and procure new funding."
She said it would probably come from a mixture of sources. "Ideally we would like to get corporate sponsor-ship - we would welcome any offer with open arms."
Project manager Judith Greenburgh said: "Patients, siblings and families now rely on their singing sessions to brighten their lives. Without financial support Singing Medicine will finish."
Singing Medicine nursing adviser and BCH advanced nurse practitioner Sally Spencer said: "Increasingly staff at all levels in the hospital are recognising the benefits of the project and the value of singing games that promote coping mechanisms and distraction from the hospital environment and medical procedures."