The success of the church and village fete in Blagdon recently has provided a windfall of £1,287 for two charities: Deki and Changing Tunes.
Kate Hacker, from Changing Tunes, said the funds will directly go toward supporting the music sessions that the charity runs in local prisons and with ex-prisoners. The weekly sessions enable prisoners to learn, practice and perform music that inspires them.
The common purpose of making music creates an environment for prisoners to improve self-esteem, build healthy relationships, and engage in an activity where hard work and perseverance brings rewards.
Deki is a micro finance charity that provides loans and business training to people in the developing world enabling them to work their way out of poverty.
Vashti Seth, founder and chief executive of Deki, said: “We are so grateful to the very generous people of Blagdon village, we couldn’t continue to do what we do without our supporters.
“With Deki individual lenders have the opportunity to lend from £10 directly to another person.
“Even a small initial investment can help a number of people and their family to raise themselves out of poverty.”