LOCAL NEWS: Dolphin Centre encourages shoppers to tickle the ivories for charity


The Dolphin Centre in Poole has installed a ‘piano for the people’ to raise money for Diverse Abilities.

Shoppers are being encouraged to play the piano and leave a small donation for the local charity, who help disabled people across Dorset. It is designed to provide a fun, free activity and to encourage people to get engaged in live music.

You can find the piano at the bottom of the escalators outside Beales department store throughout the centre opening hours. 

The scheme has was launched by Dorset-based professional pianist Karen Lassy. 

She said: “I think pianists of all ages and abilities are able to create an uplifting and relaxed atmosphere, which is especially handy in the run up to Christmas!

“More people are discovering that music also has therapeutic and healing qualities, and I can only hope that more shopping centres follow the Dolphin Centre’s lead.”

Diverse Abilities, who support children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, is the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s nominated ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2019.

John Grinnell, centre manager, commented: “We are always looking for creative ways to help raise awareness of the fantastic work Diverse Abilities does locally, and we chose them as our nominated charity for 2019 because of the synergy with our continued focus on making the centre as accessible to everyone as possible.”

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