Crofton Silver Band launches fundraiser to tackle 'increasing financial pressures' amid Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions

Members of a championship brass band with almost 150 years of history are calling for help in raising funds to secure its future.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 10:59 am

Crofton Silver Band, which was formed in 1873, is facing financial hardship after a year without concerts or functions.

They have are now raising money which will be used to help fund the band's future, including purchasing cleaning products to be used when the band can safely return to rehearsals.

The appeal has been backed by baritone-playing Melanie Sykes, who co-hosts a BBC Radio Two show with comedian Alan Carr.

Crofton Silver Band, which was formed in 1873, is facing financial hardship after a year without concerts or functions. Pictured is the band performing at Wakefield Cathedral before the pandemic.

Band chairman and baritone player, Roger Hine, says: “This is a very difficult year for the band as all our engagements have disappeared because of the emergency and we still have all our standing costs to meet such as the rent for our rehearsal space, storage facilities and our insurance.

"On top of that, once we can get back to rehearsals we’ll have the added expense of making sure our bandroom is safe.

“We have no sponsorship deals, unlike many of the bands in the top flight, so we are entirely self-financing.

"The band is very much community-focussed and we need help so that we can continue our proud tradition of involvement in local events and organisations.

“That’s why we hope as many people as possible will visit the web appeal where they can see videos of the band, live in concert and perhaps claim one of our CDs in return for a donation.”

Crofton Silver Band are offering rewards in exchange for donations, including copies of their CD, advertising for businesses and more.