WEYHILL ELECTRONIC ORGAN SOCIETY

 
CHARITY SUPPORT
 
 
In August 2003 the Society staged its first charity concert (for Age Concern) at the Cricklade Theatre (now The Lights), in Andover.
  
The event, titled 'Keyboard Charisma' and featuring Nicholas Martin - in company with Mike Thomson (piano), was acclaimed a resounding success by everyone concerned.  Guest of Honour at the sell-out concert was Lawrie McMenemy, in his capacity as Vice President of Age Concern, Hampshire. Also present were local MP, Sir George Young, and the Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Neville Whiteley.  Lawrie clearly enjoyed the evening and wittily described Nicholas Martin as "the best player to come out of Leicester since Gary Lineker!" This particular event produced the very commendable amount of £1,500 for Age Concern.
 
Other charities since supported by the Society have included the following:
 
Chernobyl Children's Life Line
Transform (Testway Housing)
Macmillan Cancer Support
Naomi House Children's Hospice
Countess of Brecknock Hospice
St John Ambulance
Miracles To Believe In (Autism)
BBC Children in Need
Hampshire & IoW Air Ambulance
Enham (for people with learning, physical or mental disabilities)
Help for Heroes (Tedworth House)
St Thomas's Church, Charlton
St Michael and All Angels Church, Weyhill
Andover Young Carers
Ludgershall Memorial Hall
Upper Clatford Village Hall
Andover & District Mencap
Andover Stroke Club
- and a number of other local charities
(e.g. via appeals by respective Mayors of Test Valley)
 
Methods of fund-raising have included:
 
Dedicated concerts* (including use of alternative venues),
Production of calendars containing full concert details,
Contributions received from the audience for interval refreshments,
Donations received for music requests at special concerts,
Performances and collections in town centre and supermarkets,
Concert exit collections, sale of used CDs, etc.
 
* A few of the dedicated concerts are briefly reviewed in the 'Something Different' section of this website.  
 
Since inception, the Society has helped to raise in excess of £12,000 for the various charitable organisations.