Herald Presents Cheque for £1825 to Henley Music School

The Henley Herald presented a cheque for £1825 to Henley Music School last week at Badgemore School from the Community Champions Awards party earlier this month.

Each year the party raises money through ticket sales and a raffle for local charities.  Since the Awards started in 2018, the Herald has raised nearly £9,000 for charities.

Principal Laura Reineke said, “It’s because of fantastic people like Michaela at the Henley Herald that we are able to start offering bursaries again. It’s vital that everyone has access to music education and luckily thanks to the fabulous community we are able to continue as Henley Music School.”

Back in August 2023, Laura Reineke CEO and Founding Director resigned from the struggling music education charity, in order to save the charity from insolvency.  Since then, she and the 4 trustees have worked tirelessly to come up with a future plan, fundraise and bring the charity back from the brink.

Henley Herald Editor, Michaela Clarke said, “It’s always a pleasure to be able to present a cheque to a local charity and this year it was particularly good to support HMS as they were struggling.  Next year we have committed to support the Regatta for Disabled which offers an incredible day out with fully accessible activities on both the river and on the paddock at Phyllis Court Club.”

Laura added, “The current climate, cost of living, looming election have all played a huge role in the lives of small charities’ like ours.  Everyone is on their knees, let down by a failing government, and all charities vying for a share of the same funding pool.  It is enormous thanks to the fantastic Henley community, and my trustees that we are now able to operate on a more even keel, although we are far from out of the woods yet.”

Henley Music School has also received £5000 from Invesco’s community fund, and donations from Souldern Trust, Thamesfield Youth Association, Mosawi Foundation and St Judes Trust as well as £450 from their Living Advent Calendar performance in December.

HMS Bursar, Isobel Harris commented, “We are still a long way from our target, and need around £5k a month just to survive. The Trustees have undertaken a financial restructuring exercise and although there is still a long way to go, we are delighted that the charity is once again able to offer a limited number of bursaries for music tuition. We have an ongoing fundraising programme to cover our charitable activities and the more we can raise, the more budding musicians we can support! Our Trustee team has worked tirelessly, alongside Laura who puts her heart and soul into the charity she founded 18 years ago, to make it a continued success.”

HMS are looking for 2 new trustees, if you’d like to get involved and help grow and protect this charity, please email Laura on henleymusicschool@gmail.com with your CV, and a letter explaining why you love music.




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