A ukulele group has raised more than £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.

The Lostock Ukes has kindly donated a total of £2,187.31 towards patient care at the Hospice after playing at a variety of local venues throughout 2019, in return for donations.

The group was established in 2016 by three Lostock Gralam residents with the group steadily increasing in size and confidence since. Graham Edgeley, one of the group’s founders said: “We initially played for lots of residents at Cheshire care homes and have grown in skills and numbers. On one occasion we were instrumental in re-uniting a husband and wife at a care home by playing ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ to which they both got up to dance with each other. They were both residents but lived in different rooms and hadn’t interacted till then. The staff were in tears and we felt very humble.

“We have performed at three Ukulele Festivals and plucked our strings all over Cheshire, visiting 43 organisations from Hoylake to Nantwich and Lymm, as well as several in Mid-Cheshire, each time receiving very generous donations for St Luke’s.”

The Lostock Ukes has kindly chosen to support St Luke’s Hospice as its charity of the year. Graham said: “St Luke’s work so very hard to make life as enjoyable as possible for those in need and our group feel that any support, in our case financial, will benefit this superb cause.

“At Christmas 2018 we donated over £880 to St Luke’s and set out to perhaps match that amount in 2019. To achieve £2,187 in the year to December is unbelievably gratifying and our thanks go to all our supporters.”

Rachel Hughes, a Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, said: “We’re thrilled with the support of The Lostock Ukes. They are all wonderful ukulele players and know how to entertain the local crowds, whilst also raising money for our Hospice. Everyone at St Luke’s is very grateful to the players for raising money through song.”

The Lostock Ukes now have a regular attendance at their fun get-togethers and look forward to another year supporting St Luke’s and entertaining the local crowds. You can find out more about the Lostock Ukes by following their Facebook page: Lostock Ukes – Northwich