Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving
Cheque presentation to SCALE at the AGM 2017

Since our inception we have sought to encourage and support others to make and enjoy music by donating any profit from the events we organise.   Both BMM concerts and those by other performers that we organise in Barton Village Hall, are always well attended and enable us to pass on the pleasure we gain by investing in equipment or projects for others.

To begin with we made donations to two different organisations, namely Royal School for the Deaf, Derby (RSDD) and Sound Creation Advancing Learning and Education for special needs (SCALE) which enabled them to buy musical instruments and allied equipment.   We have continued with our fundraising events and are currently supporting an organisation which designs. adapts and builds equipment for one handed musicians (OHMI).

 

A little background on our current charity OHMI

Pronounced 'oh-me’, the OHMI Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. Any deficiency or disability in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments. This includes people with congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy and hemiplegia, amputees, those who have suffered a stroke or developed arthritis.

The organisation was established in 2011 by Dr Stephen Hetherington, who began his career as an orchestral musician.  It was Stephen’s own hemiplegic daughter, Amy, who alerted him to the lack of instruments available to disabled musicians.

The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.

Presentation to OHMI of our donation at the 2018 AGM

Rachel Wolffsohn, General Manager of OHMI was pleased to be present at our AGM on 11 October to receive a cheque for the value of £2588.91 as our donation to the charity for this year.  Stephen Taylor was able to inform her that BMM has decided to support them again for the coming year.

Their letter of thanks can be seen by clicking this link.

 

We have since extended our giving by developing a bursary scheme for village students.

It is so encouraging that our love of music and the popularity of the events we organise have enabled us to make these outstanding donations to charities.  We have plans to continue and to develop our charitable giving.

Concerts and Social Events Funds raised for Total of donation
2014-16 RSDD - Royal School for the Deaf Derby £3930.08
2016-17 SCALE - Sound Creation Advancing Learning and Education for special needs £2610.00
2017-18 OHMI - One Handed Musical Instruments £2588.91
2017-18 Bursary Fund £900.00