A Watford-based charity is over the moon after a national appeal helped them collect over 1,000 instruments.
Electric Umbrella, a charity which uses music to enrich the lives of people with learning disabilities launched an appeal back in October to encourage people to donate unplayed or unloved instruments.
Members of the public from across the country stepped up in response, bringing together instruments from far and wide.
Mel Boda, CEO of Electric Umbrella, said the charity is absolutely delighted to have reached their target in time for Christmas.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached our 1000 instrument target in time for Christmas.
“We have been blown away by the generosity of our supporters, from bagpipes to a full marching band kit, clarinets to guitars we have received so many amazing gifts from all over the country.
“Not only will this help us to raise funds for our work, the campaign has given our members so many opportunities to get involved – whether that’s helping out on collection roadtrips or joining us to sort through the musical treasure.
“This involvement will continue into the New Year where members will play a key role in helping us to repurpose and resell these generous donations. Members will be part of the crew!
“We are passionate about creating meaningful opportunities for learning disabled people who all too often are left behind, they are capable of so much and it’s a privilege to be involved in their journeys.”
All donated instruments will be repaired, re-purposed or adapted by Electric Umbrella’s members providing invaluable work experience and training opportunities for the learning disabled community. Once repaired and restored, some of the instruments will be sold to raise funds for the charity.