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Where Does All The Money Go?

Discussion in 'Breakfastroom' started by Jeanette, May 9, 2014.

  1. Jeanette

    Jeanette Organizress Cafe Moderator

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    As I am sure most of you are aware the profits from the sale of goods on Pete’s Taming the Saxophone site and donations from the yard sale, subscriptions and general donations received from our cafe members (after the forum costs are covered) are all passed on to a deserving cause.

    Pete’s current chosen cause is Heaton School in Stockport; he chose to support Heaton School after researching various special needs schools in the country. Heaton will use this money and specialist equipment to allow children with severe or profound learning difficulties from the ages of 11 to 19 to access music in a way that they can’t with conventional instruments and to put on a concert in July.

    Yesterday I was privileged to visit Heaton School to gain an insight in to how the donation from Pete and you our generous members is benefitting the children.

    The head teacher Liz kindly gave up some of her time to show me around the school which has 94 pupils and a staffing ratio of approx 1 teacher or assistant to every 3 children. I was particularly touched by the memorial garden as Liz explained that they lost on average a child a year but this last year sadly three.

    The school has a lovely atmosphere and I was welcomed in to assembly to see some of the children perform a Beatle’s number “She’s got a ticket to ride” I sat with the children and it was an emotional experience watching them throwing themselves in to the song with obvious enjoyment. Liz explained how performing gave them self confidence and she is very keen to give some of them the opportunity to perform and shine in a concert for their friends and family.

    I would like to thank Pete for his generosity in running these two sites for the benefit of such a good cause and for the opportunity to visit the school on the Cafe's behalf.

    It’s a good feeling knowing that in some way we have helped these children and thank you all for supporting the Cafe whether it be financially or by just taking part and making it such a friendly and informative place to visit, you really are making a difference.

    For those of you close enough the musical talents of Heaton School’s pupils will be on show at their upcoming performance on Monday July 21st at 7.00pm at Stockport Town Hall where they will be playing some of the donated instruments. Tickets can be obtained from the school.

    Jx
     
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