An ambitious plan to develop a concert standard percussion section at Loxley Silver Band and Training Band moved a step closer to reality today when the project secured a fantastic £5,000 Community Award from the OneFamily Foundation.
With over 40 regular players, aged 10-80, the South Yorkshire bands will perform to over 4,000 people in 2015. They will use the funding to purchase instruments for the new percussion section, including tubular bells, glockenspiel, cymbals and smaller percussion items.
The band’s ambition, to rehearse and perform with concert standard instruments and offer a full traditional brass band sound, will provide a better listening and playing experience for audiences and band members, and is expected to encourage new members to join the band.
Alison Webb, a OneFamily customer and committee member for the band, said: “This funding award is amazing news for us. The bands perform regularly at many local charity and community events such as Christmas celebrations, summer fayres, galas, concerts in the park and music festivals. The project will enable both senior and training bands to improve their sound quality and attract new members, thus significantly improving the quality of experience for all audiences.
“We want to say a huge thank you to both the OneFamily Foundation for their generosity and to the public for really getting behind us and voting for our project!”
The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5million available to its customers over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.
OneFamily customers have been busy nominating community projects for funding and the public encouraged to show their Loxley Silver Band and Training Band project is one of 15 projects announced today as a winner of a £5,000 award.
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life. As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers. The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and intends to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.
Anna Drabble, Head of Community at OneFamily, said: “We are delighted to award £5,000 of funding to help the Loxley Bands continue to make their music. It’s great to see members of all ages and backgrounds getting together to do something they enjoy; which also provides entertainment to the wider community.
“We hope the funding will help them continue to attract new members; keeping this much loved community group going for many more years to come.”
For further information about the OneFamily Foundation please go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards. A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.