Cycle to drum up funds for Exmouth school band

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 May 2016

Martin Nicholls with members of the Beacon Primary schools Samba Band. Ref exe 18-16TI 0358. Picture: Terry Ife

Martin Nicholls with members of the Beacon Primary schools Samba Band. Ref exe 18-16TI 0358. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth man is preparing to cycle from London to Paris in aid of musical schoolchildren.

Martin John Nicholls, who runs the Beacon Primary School Samba Band, hopes to raise £1,500 to buy new drums for its members.

Martin, also a parent at the school, said: “The samba band has become successful with very few drums.

“We need more drums to allow more children to play.

“I’ve always loved cycling, since I was a boy, and the two kind of came together.”

Martin is currently training hard for the 300-mile ride, which is due to take him four days, and will have the added bonus of arriving in Paris the day before the finish of the Tour de France, allowing him to see the world’s best cyclists in action.

He said: “I’m training on the hills of Devon every day, which is gruelling, but it’s getting better. I’m sort of marginally confident that I’ll be ready.”

If Martin reaches his fundraising target, the band will be able to double the number of drums it has, and also upgrade existing instruments.

He said: “Some of the drums at the moment don’t give the authentic Brazilian sound.

“The children have such fantastic rhythms – they deserve to make a really good sound.”

Martin is currently combining his training with preparations for the band’s first ever public performance, at the Exmouth Festival’s primary school showcase.

His cycle will begin on July 20. To sponsor him, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/martinjohn-nicholls.

Donations can also be made at the Beacon Primary School office.

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