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Local Support is Music to Their Ears

The business community pulls together to help fund a new sound system at Brookfield Community School.

A team of local businesses have pooled their resources to put an end to crackles and feedback by replacing Brookfield’s old microphones and speakers with a state-of-the-art sound system. This really is music to the student's ears!


The PFA, headed by Greg Campbell, explains more. “As a group of Brookfield parents, we come together a few times each term and raise money for the school. When the opportunity arose to match the school’s funding budget for a new sound system, we were quick to accept the challenge.” He said, “Having the support of Palfreymans from Chatsworth Road, Specsavers Chesterfield, Validate consulting and Londis all pull together has been a brilliant team effort.”


'We are very lucky to have such a dedicated and hard-working parent association. The BPFA [Brookfield Parent and Friends Association] work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds to support students at Brookfield.” Said Keith Hirst, Headteacher. “The new sound system is something that will benefit the whole school community and I am very grateful for the support of the BPFA, along with local businesses - Specsavers, Londis, Validate and Palfreyman's - in helping to provide this system.”


Specsavers Chesterfield, were the first company to jump on board. “We love to support Fundraising efforts in our Community, and so we were thrilled to help Brookfield with this project. Our mission is to help people see and hear better, and we love to see local young people succeed - so to bring this fantastic sound quality and showcase the students' talents fits in perfectly for us.” Said Allissa Charlesworth Optometrist Director, Specsavers Chesterfield


"I've had a strong connection with Brookfield School for many years because lots of their students come to me for their music lessons.” Commented Jim from Palfreman’s Music. “I love to attend the shows and see the pupils perform, so when the PTA approached me about the possibility of upgrading the sound system I was thrilled to be involved. It was an ambitious project, but the end result is amazing. The Little Mermaid last month was just fantastic, seeing the students showcased as they should be, was a pleasure to watch.”


Validate Consulting also made a substantial financial contribution. “We have been enjoying performances at Brookfield for many years and it has been a pleasure to be able to support the school in this way.” Said Damien Eaves, Managing Director of Validate. “We hope that the equipment will be useful to the school for many years to come.”


A few last-minute expenses meant that the system might not have been ready for the musical, but Londis jumped to the rescue! "As a local business on Chatsworth Road, we welcome Brookfield students & Staff into the shop on a daily basis." Said Terry Caton, Owner of Londis. "When we were given the opportunity to give back to the school, we were delighted to support. We hope the students, staff and parents of Brookfield Community School enjoy this new equipment."


Representatives from all the local business were treated to a VIP experience at the performance of the Little Mermaid at Brookfield Community School, which ran the week before the half-term break. Once again, the student performances were outstanding, and the new sound system ensured not a single line was missed.