Youth band in bid to bag some brass

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY

MID­DLE­TON Youth Band is bid­ding to bag a mas­sive cash boost from a su­per­mar­ket scheme.

The band has ap­plied for a £4,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help, a com­mu­nity fund­ing scheme run to­gether with Ground­work, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from car­rier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to com­mu­nity pro­jects.

Three groups in ev­ery Tesco re­gion have been short­listed to re­ceive the cash award and Mid­dle­ton has made the cut.

Now shop­pers are be­ing in­vited to vote in stores for who they think should take away the top grant.

Mid­dle­ton Youth Band aims to make it eas­ier and more ac­ces­si­ble for young peo­ple from all back­grounds to play a brass in­stru­ment, and pro­vides tu­ition and in­stru­ment loan to any young per­son who wants to learn.

The fund­ing from Tesco Bags of Help would al­low the band to take on a new co­hort of be­gin­ners, launch new brass work­shops, and pro­vide ad­vanced prac­ti­cal and the­ory tu­ition to play­ers.

Louise Crane, Mid­dle­ton Youth Band’s man­ager and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, said: “We think that mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion can re­ally make a pos­i­tive dif- fer­ence in young per­son’s life.

“The ben­e­fits of learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment are vast and var­ied, from de­vel­op­ing con­fi­dence and im­proved mem­ory skills to a widen­ing so­cial cir­cle.

“Our young peo­ple de­velop skills which can re­ally shape their lives both aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially.”

Vot­ing is open in all Tesco stores in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary and cus­tomers can cast their vote us­ing a to­ken given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Ev­ery other month, when votes are col­lected, three groups in each of Tesco’s re­gions will be awarded fund­ing.

Alec Brown, head of com­mu­nity at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fan­tas­tic suc­cess and we’ve been over­whelmed by the re­sponse from cus­tomers.

“It’s such a spe­cial scheme be­cause it’s lo­cal peo­ple who de­cide how the money will be spent in their com­mu­nity.

“There are some fan­tas­tic pro­jects on the short­lists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ground­work’s na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gra­ham Duxbury, added: “Bags of Help con­tin­ues to en­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties up and down Britain to im­prove the lo­cal spa­ces and places that mat­ter to them.”

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