THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated to help a charity renovate its music therapy centre.

Talbot Village Trust has donated £6,000 to Coda Music Trust which provides music therapy and workshops for all ages and abilities within the community.

The Christchurch-based charity has been able to carry out a number of renovations to its centre in Chewton Farm Road such as replacing the old wooden windows with new double-glazed ones and fitting modern flooring to create better soundproofing in its two workshop rooms.

The charity is also planning to improve the accessibility of the centre and replace worn-down external doors and carry out soundproofing in its workshop rooms and main reception area.

Chief Executive at Coda Music Trust Phil Hallett said: “We are hugely grateful to Talbot Village Trust for their support. Their wonderful donation has enabled us to tackle some serious problems with our buildings and make significant improvements, helping to create facilities we are proud of, and ensuring our work can continue to reach everyone in our local community.

“We have even noticed a rise in morale at the centre due to our new enhanced and quieter environment. The new tranquil space could introduce more opportunities for us, as we have already expanded our services as a result of the building’s improvements.”

Trustee of Talbot Village Trust Russell Lucas-Rowe said: “We are incredibly pleased to have been able to help the Coda Music Trust to keep reaching the most vulnerable members of the community such as the disabled, the elderly, the ill and everyone in need, all through the power of music. We have learnt how the centre transforms lives with music and now in an improved centre, the charity will be able to continue to support more people across the county.”