IN 2013 THE ORCHESTRA BECAME A REGISTERED CHARITY WITH EXISTING PARENTS TAKING ON THE ROLE OF TRUSTEES.
In 2013 the Orchestra became a registered charity with existing parents taking on the role of trustees. The great advantage of charity status is the ability to claim gift aid on certain income, which has helped us to maintain our viability in the face of much reduced grant funding from central Government. Grants from other organisations such as the Manchester Airport Community Trust have helped us to fund a new drum kit and gazebos to keep out the rain when we are playing out.
One of the aims of the Orchestra organisers when it was founded was to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Trust Fund. The Orchestra has now raised over £58,000 since 1985 from street collections in north west shopping centres, as well as supporting directly or indirectly many other local and national charities through playing at fund raising events.
The aim was always to be a family affair run by parents for the benefit of youngsters and to consider what was best for the whole group before any individual. The motto remains to this day ‘We Not I’.