Fareham business network group provides Havant charity with lifeline

Tim Harrison, centre right, presents members of Music Fusion with a �1,000 cheque
Tim Harrison, centre right, presents members of Music Fusion with a �1,000 cheque

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A business collective in Fareham has donated £1,000 to a charity, which suffered a 47 per cent cut in its funding at the start of the year.

BNI Fortress Fareham recently announced it has nominated Havant-based Music Fusion as its key charity, which its fundraising will support.

Members of the charity were invited to a Fortress Fareham breakfast meeting, where they were presented with the cheque by independent mortgage advisor Tim Harrison, from Bishop’s Waltham.

Mr Harrison said: ‘We were all genuinely touched by the work Music Fusion do for children.

‘It struck a chord with everyone, particularly those working with young people and inspiring positive change.’

Music Fusion was set up in 2002 to provide music-making activities for young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

The charity specialises in helping young people who currently or previously lived in challenging circumstances.

When Music Fusion was made aware of the large cuts in its funding, it became heavily reliant on donations.

Jinx Prowse, CEO of the charity, said: ‘The news of cuts in funding was devastating.

‘Over recent years we have tried to grow to meet an ever increasing demand for our services.’

The impact in the cuts meant the charity has slowed down its service while it raises the necessary funds to help all the young people who are now on its waiting list.

‘In our current austere times there are less and less funding opportunities out there,’ added Jinx.

‘We now rely heavily on the good will of local businesses such as BNI Fortress Fareham.

‘We don’t want to focus on the charity, but on the young people who critically need our help.’

Since it was founded Music Fusion has provided more than 35,000 musical projects for young people across Havant and the surrounding areas.

For more visit musicfusion.org.uk.