Fundraising Auction for Amber ChecklandRead more ...
Please help us change the life of a 10-year old gifted pianist, who comes from an extremely disadvantaged home life,where she is regularly exposed to violence.
By bidding on the amazing prizes below, together, we can do something amazing.
Despite having no piano at home, Amber Checkland* has been awarded an assisted place at the acclaimed Wells Cathedral Music School, which has agreed to pay for half her fees.
When she was six, Amber came to watch her friend having a piano lesson and immediately fell in love with the instrument. Jackie Chase, who has run Under the Bridge Music Studios for over 30 years, spotted her talent and has given her free piano lessons ever since.
In this short amount of time, Amber has achieved Grade 5 Piano, Grade 5 Theory and Grade 4 Singing with Merit. She has worked enthusiastically throughout this time, despite having only a 4 octave Casio keyboard with unweighted keys to practice on at home.
Amber’s mother suffers from severe clinical depression and has subsequently been unemployed for a long time. Amber’s half brother has a history of violence and has already been through a series of fostering episodes and trouble involving the police. A fortnight before Amber’s Grade 5, mother and daughter spent their weekend at the Police Station and then emergency housing in Eastbourne, while the police arrested her brother for vandalising their flat, punching in walls, breaking a window and taking a door off its hinges.
Learning the Piano has been an incredibly valuable outlet for Amber and this is why we believe that she would thrive in a safe and supportive environment where she can put in the hours to develop her piano skills. Amber visited Wells and loves the school, the facilities, boarding house and the other girls she met.
We need to raise £12,000 from the local community, to fund the rest of Amber's fees.
One bid below will go along way to helping us change Amber's life forever.Close.
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