BNS Telecom donated a glockenspiel to Prudhoe Community Band worth £850 with cash from its charity fund. With about 60 members ranging in age from seven to 70 the band welcomes musicians of all ability. Half of the members are under 25 – many are pupils at Prudhoe High School.
BNS marketing director Andrew Crawford, said: “With all this talk of the credit crunch and economic downturn it is really good to be in a strong position and be able to help community projects that might otherwise suffer.
“We especially love to see young people getting involved and giving up their free time to take part in community activities that enrich their lives and the lives of those who hear them play.”
BNS employs more than 250 in the region and its charity fund was started last year to support local causes.
The band plays a variety of music from films scores, jazz and big band anthems to classical pieces. It is almost entirely run by volunteers.
The instrument was handed over by Moz Murphy-Scott a senior corporate account manager in BNS customer services and a member of the BNS charity committee.