Memorial fund for aspiring musicians presents first grant

ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001

ALWAYS SMILING: Rosa Simon, 3, from Hadleigh who died after being hit by a vehicle near her home in Canterbury Gardens. ANL-140107-142036001

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A fund set up in tribute to a three-year-old girl from Hadleigh, who died after a tragic accident outside her home, has handed out its first grant.

Rosa Simon died in June after being hit by a car while she was playing on the pavement in Canterbury Gardens.

A fund was set up by friends and family to help support access to music for children in memory of Rosa, who loved music.

So far, nearly £7,600 has been raised and a Year Six boy from a Hadleigh primary school is the first to be supported, having been given a £170 grant to pay for tuition fees to continue guitar lessons.

The team behind the fund has also released details of how money from the fund will be spent.

This will include buying and giving away percussion instruments for younger children, buying orchestral instruments to loan to older children and funding tuition costs for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

The fund will also look to run workshops and support children on the autism spectrum, or children who have suffered bereavement.

It was also agreed for the fund to give longer-term support to local musical ensembles by hosting a series of workshops and concerts in Rosa’s name.

It is hoped that these events could also raise additional money for the fund.

“This is just what the fund is for,” said Karen Harman, a committee fund member.

“No child with an interest in learning an instrument should have to give it up because of financial or other adverse circumstances”.