Pitch perfect appeal for funding help

Ellington Colliery Band has received �1,000 through Permisson Homes North East Community Champions Fund.
Ellington Colliery Band has received �1,000 through Permisson Homes North East Community Champions Fund.

Musicians hit the right note with funders to help with their rehearsals.

Volunteers who run Ellington Colliery Band have been awarded £1,000 through Persimmon Homes North East’s Community Champions fund to help rent rehearsal rooms.

John Colvine, who made the application, said: “The Ellington Colliery Band performs at around 25 community events each year.

“We have a thriving Brass Roots training band, where we tutor and support many young people in learning to play a brass or percussion instrument, but we are having to look for a new rehearsal room and rents are higher that we have been paying previously.

“This donation will help meet the costs of hiring a rehearsal room.”

Debbie Zaben, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “This is exactly what our Community Champions scheme is all about, supporting good causes to make a positive change in the areas we work and live.

“We are pleased that we have been able to offer our support and wish the band continued success.”

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised. Each of Persimmon Homes’ 30 regions has two awards of up to £1,000 to hand out each month.

Debbie added: “We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, and we’re urging groups and charities to apply for next month’s donations by completing an online form on our website, at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.”