Published: 22/02/2016 10:48 - Updated: 19/02/2016 13:53

Bagpipe amnesty

Help a set of bagpipes find a new home with the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drum Trust Bagpipe Amnesty.
Help a set of bagpipes find a new home with the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drum Trust Bagpipe Amnesty.

DO you have a set of bagpipes gathering dust in an attic or cellar?

Then the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) want to hear from you so they can give the national instrument a loving home.

SSPDT chief executive Alexandra Duncan has declared a "bagpipe amnesty" to help young musicians access the pipes.

The amnesty is not confined to Scotland – 4000 miles away in Fort Riley, Kansas, Andi Gamblin packed up her bagpipes and posted them to the SSPDT appeal.

"Andi is a great example of someone who has been moved by the bagpipe amnesty," Duncan said.

"It is calling on people to dig out their unused pipes from lofts and cupboards, so that young players in Scotland who can’t afford a set, can get the chance to learn. Andi is delighted that her old pipes are going to give a young person new opportunities in life."

Pupils in Scottish state schools do not get the same opportunities to learn the pipes or drums as other instruments, Duncan added, which is why the Trust is helping more than 1000 pupils in Scottish state schools to learn the pipes and drums.

It also supports schools to form pipe bands especially in areas of deprivation and in rural areas.

"With more young people wanting to learn, the charity needs more pipes to loan out to players," she continued.

"We think the bagpipe amnesty is a great cause – and we are so pleased that the appeal is sparking interest from individuals and communities across Scotland, and as demonstrated with Andi Gamblin, even across the world."

If you can donate to the Bagpipe Amnesty please go to www.sspdt.org.uk or call the Bagpipe Amnesty Freephone on 0808 281 9405.

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