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15th April, 2009 - BT Champions Award 09

LOCAL BRASS BAND AWARDED
BT COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS GRANT

Local group, Martlesham Brass has been awarded £280 by the BT Community Champions award scheme thanks to the voluntary work of Adam Cable, a BT employee. Run by BT's charity programme, BT Community Champions awards BT people with funding on behalf of local community groups, charities and organisations where they work on a voluntary basis.

Following a review in 2008-09, funding has been allocated to a variety of groups who demonstrated how the award would make a difference to their group and benefit their local community. Martlesham Brass is one of hundreds that applied for an award and they impressed judges with how they would use their grant.

The group plans to use its £280 award to purchase instruments including percussion equipment. Adam Cable who applied for the award on behalf of the group, added: "I have been a member of Martlesham Brass for ten years. We are always in need of instruments for our ever-expanding organisation. We have almost a hundred members now and funding is hard to come by.
"The BT Community Champions award scheme provides a great opportunity for community groups like ours - every contribution makes a difference. The new percussion equipment will increase the variety of music we are able to play at our concerts and performances all over East Suffolk. It is very positive that BT recognises the voluntary work of its people and supports the charity sector in this way."

BT people can apply for a BT Community Champions award to receive cash grants of up to £500. Funding can be used for purchasing specific equipment or as a contribution towards a particular project. Alternatively, they can apply for a full set of football kit - for under 18s team or for a team of adults with disabilities. For further details visit: www.btcommunitychampions.com

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About Martlesham Brass
For further information about the BT Community Champions award please contact Liz Benyon on 01473 623276 or contact the BT Community Champions Press Office on 0845 257 6792 or log on to: www.btcommunitychampions.com.

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