This where the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) comes in. People have been asking me what I will be raising money for. I had really only thought of this trip as a rather eccentric, not too noticeable thing, which would give me a few landing stages on my way, so to speak. I have been a little slow to catch on to the huge possibilities!
What a wonderful opportunity to express my gratitude and offer something back.
Some 10 years ago I was a struggling single parent with health and financial nightmares and I had a teaching load that I couldn’t sustain. I telephoned the ISM with huge embarrassment and the feeling that I was definitely not the sort of person (lovely house, well educated, etc. etc.) who should be asking for help.
I was met with the utmost kindness, support and lack of judgement and my enquiry was handled with a real sensitivity that instantly made me feel less isolated and hopeless.
Not only that, but I was given a month’s outgoings (around £500 I believe) which gave me much needed breathing space and the time to sort myself out. Some several months later, as Christmas approached, a £25 M&S voucher dropped onto the door mat. You can imagine I was very touched by this extra thoughtfulness.
In later years I was also much helped by some legal advice plus a solicitor’s letter with a (fortunately very rare) situation of non-payment of fees. Fees were finally paid in full.
So, any funds raised through this blog I shall be delighted to donate to the members benevolent fund, in the hope of raising the profile of a great organisation, and that others may also receive its support.
Please watch this space for details of the next steps for donations.