YOUNG musicians have received a helping hand from a Ferndown-based charity.

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foun-dation was set up in 2008 following the death of Royal Marine John in Afghan-istan, and has supported scholars at the Coda Fiddle Orchestra for the fifth year running.

More than £2,000 has been awarded by the organisation for further scholarships this year.

The money will be granted to students who have been assessed as showing above average ability.

The John Thornton Music Scholarships fund one-to-one music support and violin tuition, together with the cost of instrument maintenance, sheet music and exam fees.

Linda Thornton, left, said: “Isabella Zhang, Wiktoria Walinska, Isabella Lopez, Katherina Lopez, Lewis Hunt, James Rees and Michelle Tsang have been selected for awards this year and we wish them every success.

“The awards will be presented later in the year but we were delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy a performance by Isabella Zhang and Wiktoria Walinska at the Bournemouth and Poole College Volunteering Fayre.”