Willen Hospice thanks Milton Keynes local, Ernie Thomas, for raising almost £6,000 for the charity with his vintage organ.
Named Galadriel, after the Lord of the Rings character, Ernie takes his organ to fetes and fun days in and around Milton Keynes, playing popular tunes such as Abba and Grease, with a Willen Hospice collection pot nearby.
One of the more unusual hobbies, Ernie and his talented friends built the vintage organ themselves, and since 2014 it’s been used to raise money for the Hospice.
Ernie said, “I decided to raise money for Willen Hospice because it’s a fantastic place, and if I ever needed it, I’d like Willen to be there for me one day.”
Amy Finch, Community Fundraiser, said, “It’s so great to see the different ways that people fundraise for us, and Ernie’s Organ is definitely unique! We’re very thankful for his support.”
Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7million a year, that’s £9 a minute. By members of the community taking on their own fundraising initiatives, Willen Hospice can continue providing specialist, compassionate care to local people and their families.