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Uke can do it Peter! Local musician to attempt fundraising musical challenge for UHNM Charity

A local musician is tuning up his ukulele ahead of a very special performance for UHNM Charity.

Peter Wood, also known as ‘Plinky Plonky Pete’, will be attempting an unofficial world record when he performs a medley of 75 songs continuously at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Wednesday 25 October.

Peter will be taking on his fundraising challenge as a thank you to staff at University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust’s (UHNM) Cancer Centre following successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2020.  

Peter said: “This cause is very important to me as three years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and received a course of radiotherapy treatment at Royal Stoke’s Cancer Centre. It was successful, my PSA levels are now low, and I wanted to arrange a fundraising event to support their wonderful work.”

“My hobby is playing the ukulele so I wanted to attempt a musical challenge. As it was my 75th birthday earlier in the year, I had the idea of performing 75 songs back-to-back without a break. To my knowledge this would be an unofficial world record for the most number of songs performed live in a musical medley.”

“The stage is set for me to perform my fundraising medley in the main atrium of the Royal Stoke on 25 October, and I’m looking forward to entertaining staff, patients and visitors alike.”

Peter is known locally for his ukulele parodies of famous songs including ‘Highway to Chell’, ‘Stuck in the Middle of Crewe’ and ’24 Hours from Tunstall’. His videos have received almost 20,000 views on YouTube and he has also featured multiple times on BBC Radio Stoke’s Breakfast Show.”

He added: “I’d like to thank the people of the Potteries for their incredible support of my songs which pay tribute to my hometown. What started off as a bit of musical fun during lockdown has turned into something that has exceeded my expectations and by doing this challenge I feel I can give something back to the local community by fundraising for UHNM Charity.”

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