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The Oakmere Singers Association of Wilmslow has been awarded a £500 grant after applying to Equilibrium Asset Management’s Cheshire East Community Support Scheme.
The Wilmslow-based singing group is made up of retired residents who regularly perform concerts throughout the community at retirement and nursing homes. The group has also performed at summer fairs and for the Queen’s birthday.
The group donates part of its proceeds to local charities annually and has supported charities including Handforth Community War Memorial Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society and East Cheshire Hospice.
Equilibrium’s donation will allow the group to invest in new equipment including speakers, microphones, stands and leads. This will allow the group play to larger audiences with more of a focus on solo and duet performances.
Leo Shorrock, secretary of the association said: “We are thrilled to receive this generous grant , which will finally allow us to purchase some much-needed new equipment. All of our members absolutely love singing and it is really rewarding to see the positive impact it has when we go into care homes to perform.
‘‘We’re committed to raising money for local charities our members care about passionately about and the new equipment we buy with this funding will help us to perform in bigger venues, where a quality sound system and a mixing desk are needed.
‘‘In turn, this will help us raise more money for charity, so we are really excited to get out performing and put our new equipment into action. During our concerts certain members of the group perform solos and duets, a new addition to our performances. This funding allows us to invest in the equipment which will help improve the sound quality of these performances.”
The Cheshire East Community Support Scheme awards grants ranging from £100 – £500 to community organisations and charities.
Applications for the 2017 scheme opened on Monday 9 January and groups across Cheshire East can apply by visiting http://eqllp.co.uk/the-foundation/cheshire-east-community-support-scheme/.