Every donation to Make Some Noise is greatly appreciated. Without the support of many generous benefactors the charity would struggle to continue its invaluable work to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Volunteer Richard Ellison is a keen supporter of Make Some Noise. Richard first became involved with the charity three years ago when his sons bought him a Ukulele for Christmas. With music being one of the loves of his life, Richard didn’t know how to play the Ukulele but wanted to learn and so began lessons with Make Some Noise professional musician and Programme Development Officer John Simmonds.
Richard has since become a volunteer for Make Some Noise and also works part-time for the Staffordshire Parish Councils’ Association where he and staff from the neighbouring Staffordshire County Council’s offices enjoy practicing their Ukulele’s during their lunch hour.
Richard says: “Having achieved all the important things in life that I wanted to achieve, anything else I do with the rest of my life is a bonus. I have a determination to put something back to try and make the place a little better than I found it, which I have partially achieved. Volunteering and raising money for charity is not new to me having been involved previously with Hospital Radio Stafford. My working background is from sales, so raising money for good causes, is making use of my transferrable skills. There are many people like me who want to try and improve the lives of the less fortunate, I am one of many thousands.”
Image: John Simmonds Make Some Noise Programme Development Officer and Richard Ellison, volunteer Music Ambassador