Donna Byrne - Clowns in the Sky
Donna is the driving force behind this registered charity’s work in our county. The charity is dedicated to research of Childhood brain tumours and to the welfare of affected children and families. Children undergoing treatment in Essex hospitals at Romford, Southend, and Basildon as well as Great Ormond Street and Kings College, benefit from visits from entertainers to bring respite by way of laughter and distraction to both patients and families. In addition they provide Mobile activity and sensory trolleys designed to offer stimulation and fun. They also use the funds raised to award small grants to families, to make the bigger things easier to cope with.
The Maldon Orchestra
Maldon has had an Orchestra for over sixty years. Volunteers provide the opportunity for local amateur musicians of all standards to make music with like-minded people. There are no auditions just a lot of fun and laughter as they tackle the tunes. The current membership range is 21 to 79 years old. They play approximately six concerts a year with all proceeds going to local charities. With talented people at the helm, who give their time and skills freely, the membership has virtually doubled in the last few years.