A UKULELE group has hit its highest note yet with the launch of a super CD to raise charity cash.
Hartlepool Ukulele Group (HUG) has released its very first CD in a fundraising bid for Hartlepool and District Hospice, in Wells Avenue.
The group has already raised £3,000 for the hospice in the last 12 months.
And members are hoping that the CD will line its coffers further as it goes on sale at the hospice, and its shops in York Road, Wynyard Road, Catcote Road, and Northgate at the Headland.
Copies can also be bought from Tesco, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, or from any HUG performance, which now feature their new mascot – a uke-playing gorilla.
Group chairman, Brian Davies said: “On behalf of HUG I would like to thank everyone who has helped us raise £3,000 for the Hospice in the last 12 months. “At our recent AGM, members unanimously agreed to the hospice being our group charity for another year.
“We have developed a good relationship with the hospice and appreciate the wonderful work they do for local people at times of greatest need.”
He added: “Over the last year HUG has performed 19 times, with one of the high points of the year taking part in Hartlepool Folk Festival.
“The Come and Play event in the Pot House was amazing, people from all backgrounds playing music together on a wide range of instruments.
“Hartlepool Ukulele Group has three aims – to encourage people to come together and play music, to perform for local organisations and together, and to raise money for local charities.
“As an added bonus, everyone has a lot of fun.”
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “It’s been an absolute delight to work with and get to know the group and we are so grateful for the wonderful support and fun they have brought to us.
“We’ve been treated to their fantastic sound throughout the year and I would urge anybody who has the opportunity to go and see them play live.
“It’s also really great to hear that their support will continue in 2015.
“A huge thank you to every member of this lovely and talented group and to everyone who has supported them.”
The CD, which is called On the Road Again and costs £5, was produced by Red Dreams, in the town’s Whitby Street South, with a donation from Sandra Allison, of Fetching Feet Chiropody, covering studio costs. There are a huge list of hits on the disc including George Formby’s Leaning on a Lamp Post, and tunes like Ukulele Lady, Where Am I Going To Live When I Get Home, You Are My Sunshine, and Little Old Wine Drinker.
The group says the CD is a must for any budding ukulele players needing music to play along with.
Anyone who would like to contact the hospice for a copy of the CD should ring (01429) 855555.