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Community / Evening accordion show raises cash for NHS

A WELL known accordionist has smashed his fund-raising target by over 400 per cent in just two days since setting up a JustGiving page.

Peter Wood, who has been posting his accordion tunes on his Facebook page for the past 40 days, decided to try fundraising for the NHS.

He set up his charity account just 15 minutes before playing his first set for NHS Shetland at 9pm on Sunday with a tentative target of £500. He plans a follow up for 9pm tonight.

Karen and Peter Woods.

Peter and wife Karen got the idea after speaking to interim medical director Brian Chittick who suggested the NHS Shetland endowment fund would be a suitable beneficiary, as it can pay for things for patients or staff not covered by government money.

Karen said: “We really just wanted to do something for all the folk working for the NHS in Shetland that was going to make a difference.

“We put in £500 (as a target) and the pair of us were just in tears, we could not believe it, when we had £500 in half an hour.

“We thought we really have to keep going with this. We use the NHS when we need them and they are always there when we need them.”

Donations had risen to £2,065 by midday on Tuesday. The Woods are very grateful for the amount donated and for the great messages Peter has been getting on his Facebook page for his live morning sessions posted every day.

Listeners and well wishers hail from aa aerts including a regular correspondent from India, a paramedic from New York and others from Gran Canarias, New Zealand and Australia.

Karen added: “There is no major plan in this. We have had people coming along and leaving cash at the gate. We have had friends and family south that have donated and a friend in France who has donated. It is really lovely of folk to donate for our NHS.”