We appreciate every donation and would like to thank all of our supporters. Your generous donations help us to provide more fun and innovative music making activities to benefit disadvantaged children and young people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. We love to celebrate our fundraisers. We recently caught up with keen fundraiser, singer and musician Andy Clapham who through his fun folk live music sessions has raised monies for many charities including Make Some Noise.

Andy is a firm believer in the power of music and what it can do and first became involved with Make Some Noise in 2016 through an open mic evening at The Royal British Legion Club in Stafford where Make Some Noise young participants performed live as part of a project funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and the Royal British Legion.

More recently Andy took part in our `Share a song to help children belong’ campaign. Whilst performing at his Fun Folk open mic evenings in Stafford and other venues across the county Andy encouraged donations and spread the word about the campaign. Andy, originally from Yorkshire who lives in Stafford was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the audiences he encountered during the open mic evenings.

Andy Clapham said:

“I have always had a passion and love for music. Music brings people together of all ages and is very therapeutic. It can help break down barriers and encourage people to feel self-worth, build confidence and self-esteem. Fun Folk isn’t about traditional folk music, it’s about having fun with all forms of music. We believe in keeping music live and in particular the emphasis on our sessions is to encourage people to join in, regardless of ability or experience. The aim is to have fun. It’s not all about the performance it is more about the feeling music gives you when you take part or listen to it.”

Tim Sharp, CEO for Make Some Noise said:

“We are extremely grateful to Andy Clapham and Fun Folk for choosing Make Some Noise as one of the charities to benefit from their fundraising efforts. Thank you from all the team for your support! It is wonderful to hear that the fun folk evenings are attracting younger performers, often encouraged by their parents and grandparents. A great intergenerational example of what can be achieved through music and how an inclusive approach can bring communities together.”

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