Wensleydale Rotary Club runs musical instrument amnesty

Wensleydale Rotary Club is holding a musical instrument amnesty throughout September to collect unwanted instruments for The Wensleydale School.

Club president Susan Rogers was inspired to launch the scheme after the BBC ran a similar initiative in 2000.

She said: “Although we are known for raising funds to help charitable causes, we mustn’t forget that our motto is ‘service before self’ so during my year as president I’d like to introduce more service projects.

“One area is working with the elderly in Wensleydale and another is the musical instrument amnesty.

“As a musician, I remember giving three of my instruments to the BBC amnesty, and seeing how appreciative the recipients were.

“The Wensleydale School would love to enhance musical education, so I thought perhaps there are instruments in the Dales gathering dust that could be put to good use.”

Susan added that the school’s music and drama teacher, Josh Hadfield, aims to increase the number of children learning to play an instrument, but they do not have enough instruments.

“Wensleydale Rotary Club is therefore helping by collecting any unwanted instruments, within Wensleydale, and passing these on to the school.

“All instruments will be welcomed, from recorders to French Horns, as long as they are portable. For example, we’ll collect portable keyboards, but not pianos.”

The amnesty will run throughout September and a Rotarian will gladly collect the instrument from you as long as it’s within Wensleydale.

If you would like to donate an instrument from outside of Wensleydale, you can take it to one of the drop off points.

If you have an instrument that you would like to donate to help local children contact Susan at susan@susanrogers.me.uk