Henley Lions presented a cheque of £1,000 to Henley Music School (HMS) this week at their meeting.
The cheque was presented by Lions President Wendy Franklin along with Lion Treasurer Robin Swift to Founder of HMS, Laura Reineke.
Lions Member David Murray said, “Laura came to the club in October and gave a presentation about the work of the Henley Music School (HMS). She explained to the club that HMS was started 13 years ago and is now a Community Interest Company hoping to achieve charitable status in 2018. It provides bursaries, music lessons and tutors for schools and individuals and includes free loan of instruments. Ages range from 3 to 18 years and 350 children in the Henley area are currently signed up. Children from less wealthy families are often taught free of charge. HMS has previously received funding from Olivia Harrison, Henley Rotary, Invesco, the Town Council and Henley Education Trust and has had fund raising events including dinner dances and concerts.”
Laura has approached Henley Symphony Orchestra to suggest a partnership. She needs £50,000 per annum to operate and is currently running the company alone.
Wendy Franklin said, “Although she could do with admin and accounting help, her request to Lions was for funding. Henley Lions Club is pleased to have been able to support her in the wonderful work that she is doing with the children of Henley.”
Laura said, “We at HMS are so grateful for all the wonderful support, especially from the Henley Lions. The money donated will go towards helping the local schools with their music provision – so enormous thanks from us all. Henley is a wonderful place, where community support is important, this is a prime example of the fantastic community spirit.”