Energy firm donates drum kit to charity

Cornish energy firm donates drum kit to charity
Cornish energy firm donates drum kit to charity

Drum kit finds new home with music project

A second-hand drum kit has been given a new lease of life after it was donated to a Saltash music project.

Owners of Cornish energy brokers, Total Energy Solutions, decided to buy and donate the kit to the Livewire project, a charity which supports local youngsters through music.

Alastair Carnegie, managing director of the Stoke Climsland-based firm, said: “At Total Energy Solutions we take great pride in giving something back to the community so, when we saw the drum kit for sale, we thought it would be a nice gesture to buy it and give it to the Livewire project.

“This means that more youngsters, who probably wouldn’t normally get access to a drum kit, can now try their hand at playing through the valuable work that Livewire does. If it helps just one youngster it will be worth it.”

Based in Saltash, Livewire supports youngsters through the power of music in a youth club setting. Their aim is to help youngsters develop both creatively and socially while helping to address all kinds of complex issues in their lives.

Andy Rance, Livewire project co-ordinator, said: “Two years ago our funding was cut meaning that Livewire now has to beg, steal and borrow to survive so, when companies like Total Energy Solutions very generously give us pieces of equipment like the drum kit, it is awesome because we do not have the money to buy these things any more. We are extremely grateful.”

This year the Livewire project celebrates its 70th year of “Making Music, Changing Lives” and has more than 1,700 members on its books.

The project helps local youngsters through difficult periods of their lives such as self-harm, low esteem as well as relationship, sexual health and drug and alcohol issues.

Total Energy Solutions brokers energy deals for number of businesses and organisations across the South West and donates a share of its profits and time to charity.