InChorus, the Eddleston Voices and the RingTones were delighted to be able to present cheques for £500 each to both Nomad Beat and Tweed Wheels as a result of donations collected at their ‘Sweet Singing in the Choirs’ concert last month. Representatives of both charities joined members of all the choirs for the presentation.
On behalf of the Eddleston Voices, Musical Director Lorraine Mulholland, who is herself a member of the board at Nomad Beat, the community music school based at Cavalry Park, Peebles, handed a cheque to fellow board member Rona Tatler and volunteer Scott Boag.
Nomad Beat is a registered charity, the objective of which is to reach out into the community to provide music and musicianship. The school offers a wide range of vocal and Instrumental tuition on a one to one and group basis. Through their ‘Breaking Sound Barriers’ project, their aim is to open up opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to develop and enrich their lives by music making and tuition in an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment.
Lorraine Mulholland explained, “The donations from the concert will help us to invest in new equipment and instruments so that we can expand tuition. It also enables us to keep the cost of lessons down to make music accessible to more people within the community.”.
On behalf of the RingTones and InChorus, Musical Director Aly Skidmore presented a cheque to Anne Dodds, the Tweed Wheels Administrator.
Tweed Wheels is a greatly valued community transport service which has been in operation for almost 20 years. It runs two vehicles, a 15 seater minibus and a four seater community car, both of which are wheelchair accessible.
The minibus is available for use by local community groups and ‘not for profit’ organisations, and the community car can be used by any Tweeddale resident unable to use public transport through disability, frailty or isolation.
Anne Dodds said, “The beating heart of our service is our fantastic team of specially trained volunteer drivers without whom we could not exist. We are extremely grateful, too, for the support we receive from the local community, and I want to express our thanks to the three choirs for making possible this donation which will assist us in continuing to give the best service possible.”.
The choirs reported that they were very pleased to help two such well deserving charities.