LIVE lockdown sessions by a Droitwich DJ have raised £5,385 for the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust charity.
Mark Jarman started off doing some of his sets on Facebook Live and then noticed other DJs were using theirs to fund-raise so thought he too would give it a go.
He set up a JustGiving page and added weekly Saturday evening shows to his schedule.
He was soon attracting viewers from all over the world, including Marbella, America, New Zealand and Australia and it was not just the volume that was being pumped up – the fund-raising total was also rising.
Mark has got a lot to be thankful to the NHS for – in 2016 he suffered multiple heart attacks and then sustained a ruptured spine in a work accident.
“They have literally been keeping me alive – and what frontline NHS staff and key workers have been doing for everyone is phenomenal.
“We’ve got a family member who is a trainee doctor and she’s been fast-tracked through the system and is doing some really long gruelling shifts.
“You just can’t put into words how thankful people are for everything being done.
“Now is not the time for discussing what the NHS gets and what it doesn’t – that’s a conversation to be had in 12 months time – right now we all need to pull together and help those on the frontline as much as we can.
“The fund-raising on my page has been amazing – everyone has been giving what they can and one Worcester businessman Jeff Dovey donated £600.”
The Worcestershire Trust has thanked Mark for his efforts and the cash will now be put towards packages for staff and iPads so people in the county’s hospitals can have contact with friends and family via video because they cannot have any visitors.
Mark has now set his fund-raising efforts to a new cause – for local foodbanks helping ensure people have enough to eat during the Coronavirus lockdown.
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