Brotherwood Press Release


Successful local company, Brotherwood Automobility, present a cheque for £1051.50 to Tom Toomey, Director of the Registered Charity ‘Music for Africa’.

A superb Charity evening took place recently, hosted by Rod Brotherwood, company Chairman and founder, supported by enthusiastic employees and local residents. John Daniel, Brotherwood Resources Manager, enthused; “Fantastic evening. Tom Toomey played – it was brilliant. We’re hoping to do it again next year.” He said the silent auction was also great fun, with many generous gifts going under the hammer, which helped raise significant sums of money.

Music for Africa develops guitar and music skills for children in rural South Africa. Rod Brotherwood and John Daniel were so impressed with the work the charity is doing there that they decided to help. Now, thanks to Music for Africa, over 50 students have done grade exams through Trinity College of Music. Nearly all have achieved distinctions or merits. 2 students gained Bronze Medal awards for Highest Grade. A date for your diary! The next Music for Africa Festival takes place at Montacute House over 3 days, 13-14-15th July 2007.


Background Information:

Brotherwood, Lambert House Pillar Box Lane Beer Hackett SHERBORNE Dorset DT9 6QP Tel: 01935 872603 Fax: 01935 872853.
Brotherwood Automobility has built a reputation for finely engineered conversions for people with mobility difficulties. Their success is based on putting the customer's needs first. Rod Brotherwood founded Brotherwood Automobility Limited in 1985 after converting a car for wheelchair user friend, John Lambert. Rod, an ex 'Westland Helicopters' apprentice and engineer, became friends with his neighbour John, a former airline pilot who had become paralysed as a result of a motorcycle accident and was confined to a wheelchair. John asked Rod if he could turn his extensive engineering knowledge to design and build him a vehicle which would easily transport him in his wheelchair. He wanted the things any customer would look for in a new car, such as smart appearance, convenience and compact dimensions. In particular John wanted something that didn't stand out as a vehicle for the disabled. Rod met the challenge and Brotherwood Automobility was born.

Music for Africa, a registered Charity, started 8 years ago, providing music education in the village of Phokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Concerned that there’s no music in the school curriculum, the charity helps children to learn guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, recorder and music recording skills. Students play classical, contemporary and their own traditional music. With each successful year, the work has grown. From just 1 teacher and 20 students in the early days, the charity now has 4 staff teaching over 200 students in 13 different locations across Limpopo and Capetown. It has built 3 new classrooms, provided musical instruments and trained 2 music teachers. With your help, they can continue this extraordinarily valuable work. To make a donation or sponsor a child, visit