Galashiels-based charity, the Hayward Sanderson Trust, recently approved several grants for local organisations, including various groups from the town and surrounding area, such as Tweedbank Youth Club, Café Recharge, Works+, and the Galashiels Town Band.
With the application from Galashiels Town Band, the Trustees recognised the benefit of helping young band members to participate in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland summer camps, so awarded the group £3,000 per year, for the next three years, as a contribution towards the camp places. The award supports the Band’s ethos of reducing cost as a potential barrier to participation in the Band. Iain Wilson, treasurer of the Town Band, said: “No money is needed to join us. Some choose to buy their own instruments, and that’s great, but members don’t have to, there will always be an instrument and uniform available. Just come along, as we make sure everyone can be part of the band.”
Christine Dorward, Hayward Sanderson Trustee said: “I was thrilled to see so many young people involved with the Galashiels Town Band when I visited the group at a recent rehearsal. Hearing how the grant will help with improving not only the playing ability of the band members, but will also aid with the development of other skills, like building confidence, was very encouraging. We cannot wait to hear the band play in town once again.”
Hayward Sanderson Trust supports a diverse range of organisations and projects and would like to continue to increase their support of Galashiels-based causes.