‘We must spend to realise fund’s vision’

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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The organisers of a fund set up in the wake of the death of a three-year-old-girl are calling on local organisations to apply for its support.

The Rosa Simon Music Fund has raised nearly £13,500 since June 2014 when Rosa died in a tragic accident as she played on her scooter outside her home in Canterbury Gardens, Hadleigh.

Yet the fund has only received a few applications in this time – all of which have been accepted – totalling less than £900.

Rosa’s father, Paul, said: “This gap actually says something very special about the community spirit in the town and the surrounding villages.

“So many people and organisations have hurled themselves into some really inspiring fundraising activities, but many seem shy about asking for funding themselves.

“But now is the time for local schools, churches, playgroups, registered child minders and the various choirs in the area to help us responsibly invest the money raised to achieve the aims of Rosa’s fund.”

The main themes for the fund are:

l Buying and giving away percussion instruments, including multicultural sets and outdoor equipment, for younger children to use

l Buying orchestral instruments to loan to older children who might not otherwise have that opportunity

l Funding tuition costs for playing orchestral instruments for older children who might not otherwise have that opportunity

l Funding workshops and support for children on the autism spectrum or who have suffered bereavement.

The fund also plans to give longer-term support to local musical ensembles by hosting a series of workshops and concerts in Rosa’s name.

Nigel Crisp, one of the fund’s team, said: “The amazing generosity of so many has ensured that the Rosa Simon Music Fund is likely to be around for some time.”

“But, of course, we don’t want to be sitting on lots of money as that won’t realise the fund’s vision for ensuring every local child has improved access to music”.

“Because of the fund’s initial successes, we are looking at applying for charitable status and setting up our own bank account.”