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To Brighten up Lives
Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being.
Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.
Few would deny that there is a great need for further provision of funds to help improve the quality of life of those elderly members of our society who, having made a great contribution, now suffer neglect. Confined to the same four walls day in day out because of diminished physical and/or mental capabilities, they are in danger of becoming the forgotten generation. With the advent of increased life expectancy, the scale of this tragedy may well escalate. We salute those elderly people lucky enough to have maintained their health and vigour and many of the organisations we help are run by such people, for the most part volunteers, who recognise that “there but for the grace of God go I!” So may we all one day.
Simon Baynes, founder of the Concertina Charitable Trust (pictured above right), says, “I have always thought that we owe a debt of gratitude to the generation which has handed down this great nation to us. Yet so many of the elderly lead sadly impoverished lives. Through Concertina we can say thank you by bringing a little joy back into some of their lives.”
Patrons: Rosalind Plowright OBE (http://www.rosalindplowright.com/index.htm) and Patricia Hammond (http://www.patriciahammond.com)
Trustees: Simon Baynes, Louise O’Flynn, William Longrigg, Mark Eyre
Committee 2012: Christina Breene, Belinda Caminada, Kate Donaghy, Melanie de Blank, Jill Eyre, Chris Fish, Dorothea Longrigg, Karen Robson, Marion Lowe, Fenella Fairbairn, Caroline Humphries
Administrator: Simon Baynes
Images © Eric Schneider - www.ericschneiderphotography.com