Barton Music Makers
Barton Music Makers is a highly active community organisation based in the beautiful village of Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire. They organise trips to concerts, hold performances in the village, and support their community choir, ‘The Bar-Tones’. Over the course of last year, they raised a staggering £2,588.91 from all their activities to help OHMI purchase adapted instruments and enabling apparatus. Rachel was invited to their AGM in October to receive a cheque presented by their choral leaders, Dr Stephen Taylor and Tim Hornblow. OHMI was also delighted to learn that Barton Music Makers have selected OHMI as their charity of the year for 2019. Thank you for all your hard work!
Langley Brass Band Donation
Over the last year we have been immensely pleased to have been supported as the chosen charity of a number of bands and music groups in the Midlands. Prominent amongst them has been Langley Brass Band which, as a member of the Championship Section, is one of the finest brass bands in the area. Their support for the OHMI Trust has been practical as well as financial, having used our adapted instruments in performances at the European Doctors Orchestra Concert on 3rd June last year and at the OHMI Conference in September. We have been very grateful for the flourishing partnership between the two organisations and the generous donations from the band. At their concert in Warley Baptist Church on 8th December, Tim Low was pleased to receive a cheque for £1,000 from the band and the great news that the band will continue to support OHMI for another year. This really is a true partnership of aims and ambitions, and, as we thank Langley Band for their support in 2018, we look forward to even more collaborative work in the coming year.
Student Ben Low
On the 22nd April, student Ben Low ran the London Marathon for The OHMI Trust. Ben is a keen musician who has been playing the trumpet and drums for over 10 years and he’s studying physics at Cardiff University! So why has Ben got marathon fever? Ben explains:
“I decided to take on the challenge because I’ve always enjoyed doing cross country and other short distance running and after my Dad became involved with The OHMI Trust and I heard about the marathon, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. I thought it would be a great opportunity to push myself to the limit as well as fundraising for a great charity. I’m very thankful to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to representing OHMI at such a prestigious event.” Ben Low
Every penny really does count and goes a long way in helping disabled people participate in making music. So please click here to support Ben.
OHMI Founder Raises £5,000 in the Great Birmingham Run
We’d best let Stephen tell it in his own words:
“The bare facts are these: my run raised just about £5,000, it took 2 hours and 22 minutes, and my injuries are not expected to be permanent. I like to think that all my wonderful and generous sponsors will feel that they’ve had their money’s worth: those looking merely for completion, a decent effort, should be well satisfied, while those hoping to hear stories of pain and suffering should be equally pleased. I’ll explain. It had been 35 years since I last ran regularly (I’m now 68, by the way). In those days I could run a mile course in about 5 minutes. When I started training for last year’s Birmingham event, I could do no better than a mile in 12 minutes – and that was on the flat. By the start of the Birmingham run, things had improved somewhat. In fact, I had strong (if naive) hopes of managing the whole course in around 90 minutes. If you don’t have your calculator to hand, that’s a mile every 7 minutes. And I did set off at that pace. Two miles in (I should emphasise that – only two miles in) a painful knot in my calf had me protecting my right leg with a limp. The pain then became increasingly worse over the course, such that the last two or three miles were quite excruciating. Worse, added to what I later learned was a torn muscle, my knee joint exploded (no, not literally) in a stinging pain. This, it turned out, was a torn meniscus. Medical experts tell me it could be Spring before it all heals. Anyway, the good news (for me at least) is that I now feel much more noble that even a world record time would have justified.”
Want to raise money to support The OHMI Trust, but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re a first timer or a regular fundraiser, everybody needs a little inspiration sometimes. We can provide you with all the support you need to make sure your idea is successful.
Here are some exciting ideas to inspire your fundraising:
Bake Off - Get your friends, family or colleagues to bake cakes. Sell what's left after the judges have done their tasting and you could even auction the winning entries!
Bike Ride - Raise money with a sponsored bike ride.
Car Wash - If you can brave the cold, charge your teachers, colleagues, friends and family to wash their cars.
Fun Run - Dust off your running shoes, add a green tutu or some elf ears and run for fun!
Gift Wrapping Service - Set yourself up as a gift-wrapping station for your family, friends and colleagues. Remember to ask for a donation per present wrapped and charge a cheeky extra for ribbon curls!
Hula Hoop Contest - How many times can you spin the hula hoop? Organise a hula hoopathon- a fantastic fundraiser all year round!
Plant Sale - For those with green fingers, sell your produce in a plant sale fundraising event!
For all fundraising enquiries, please email here.