Pipers raised cash to support a local food bank

6th June 2018

City of Sheffield Pipe Band were in Doncaster Saturday 2nd June having pledged their support to fundraise for Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd in an act of paying it forward.

The pipers busked out in the pouring rain at Clock Corner in Doncaster Town Centre from 12:45 pm, 2nd June in full traditional Scottish attire. The £156 raised will go to Pioneer Social Enterprise who are trying to raise funds to pay for supplies of food for their food bank and volunteer programme. This programme supports local people in crisis, who find themselves in food poverty. Thank you to all of the kind people in Doncaster who donated. What a fantastic achievement by all involved in the planning leading up the event and those performing on the day. What troupers, this is a true show of community spirit, to pipe in the rain for the benefit of others. I could not be prouder of the effort the pipe band put in on the day, despite the pouring rain they put on a fantastic show and received a brilliant reception from the general public.

City of Sheffield Pipe Band had 12 playing members on Saturday and five people collecting funds. I would like to say a big thank you to Ian Duffy, Keith Arnott, Steve Swain and Claire Hall, to name just a few of the pipe band and supporting team.

Also thank you to the Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd team, Florence Mcready, David Brookes Waugh and Sean Parker who all attended to support on the day.

12 members of City of Sheffield Pipe Band

From the left David Brookes Waugh, Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd. Michelle Scholey Rotherham Pay it Forward. Sean Parker, volunteer at Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd










This pledge fulfilled follows the launch of Rotherham Pay it Forward in March. This initiative is a brokerage service where local voluntary and community groups share resources and peer support through acts of giving. As suggested by the name, pledges are given freely without expectation of payment.

This initiative was launched to support voluntary and community groups following the decrease in funding streams available and austerity measures. These groups are doing a fantastic job with the little they have, together they are stronger. This is just one of the fantastic examples.

In Rotherham there are 1382 known voluntary and community sector groups. Of these groups 84% have an annual income under £10000. This combined with the decrease in available funding both locally and nationally shows why groups are working a little smarter to meet their ongoing project needs. Rotherham Pay it Forward offers a platform to help groups find useful pledges more easily.

Later in June Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd will reciprocate by pledging Safeguarding Training to the City of Sheffield Pipe Band.

If your group is interested in joining Rotherham Pay it Forward it is easy to get involved. Just go to the VAR website https://www.varotherham.org.uk/ and select Rotherham Pay it Forward in the drop down menu to complete a sign up form.

Email triage@varotherham.org.uk to find out more.