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LATEST 2022 Fund: we are currently donating all profit to special needs music education​

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We have raised over £98,000 in the last 10 years, for which I’d like to heartily thank everyone who has helped.

Recent projects

We have continued helping both Soco and Springwell. We donated £3000 and some equipment (including mixing desk and iMac). Our £5000 donation to Springwell will fund more equipment as well as collaboration with Doug Briggs (see below). We also donated to St.Annes Hospice, where colleague and CafeSaxophone Organiser Jeanette works.

The donation to Soco has funded Tales of the Young Persons Orchestra

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This year we have been supporting StayUpLate (Gig Buddies)and Springwell School. Gig Buddies is an organisation involved with organising volunteers to take disabled people out to events that they would otherwise not be able to see.

Springwell School Music Room
Springwell is a primary school for children aged 4 – 11 years with complex learning difficulties. All the children have a severe level of learning difficulties and many have associated disabilities such as autism, speech and language disorders and challenging behaviour. The £2000 has gone towards the funding of music sessions which which are run by Southampton music charity Soco. Springwell is in need of help, as you can see from the picture of their only music room!

This year we also seem to be branching out into conservation by donating towards a local hedgehog rescue centre.


We raised over £10000 for Langside School, Poole, Dorset in order to buy a Soundbeam 5 Complete Kit as well as paying for staff training and workshops.


I visited Langside and met with Chris Maund. Most of the pupils need one to one attention, the staff are totally dedicated, enthusiastic and dynamic.but sorely in need of funds. The staff are even having to bring in their own musical instruments to help with classes.

2014-2015: Victoria School and Childrens’ Home

We raised £10000 to buy an Omivista Projection System to help with special needs music education at Victoria School, Poole.

2013-2014: Heaton School
We teamed up with Doug Briggs. With Doug’s expertise in the area of assistive music technology we can effectively channel the proceeds of sales so we know it goes where it can do the most good. Currently we have been funding a music programme at Heaton School for children with severe learning disabilities. We are buying musical instruments, assistive music technology such as the Apollo system as well as funding a performance in 2014.

For full details of past projects and donations see Fundraising at Taming The Saxophone
The forum is staffed by unpaid volunteers (thank you Jeanette and Aldevis, our wonderful moderators!)
April 2008Band on the Wall£2500
January 2009Sax on the Web "Saxothon"£211
March 2009Band on the Wall£2000
September 2009Band on the Wall£3000
December 2009PRS benevolent fund£500
December 2009Sax on the Web "Saxothon"£400
January 2010Red Cross Haiti Appeal£500
June 2010Band on the Wall£4000
June 2010Leuka£500
August 2010Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal£1000
February 2011Band On The Wall£6000
March 2011Red Cross£620
June 2011Cancer Research£20
June 2011Leuka£250
December 2011Band on the Wall£10000
March 2012Gorton Education Village£6000
June 2012Leuka£400
Sept 2012Rose Road£50
March 20134Heaton School£1095.60
Jan 2014Heaton School£2280
May 2014Heaton School£6000
March 2015Red Cross Nepal appeal£500
July 2015Victoria School£10000
Sept 2016Langside School, Poole£5339.10
Feb 2017Springwell School, Southampton£2000
April 2017StayUpLate (Gig Buddies)£5000
Oct 2017Youcaring£180
Dec 2018Soco£4596
March 2018Springwell School£5000
March 2018St. Annes Hospice£1000
March 2020Soco£5000
March 2020Springwell School£5000
March 2020Help Musicians£10000
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