Funds to the tune of over £1,000!

When retired engineer David Cookson decided to support the Friarage MRI Scanner Appeal he knew exactly what would hit the right note!

David Cookson with instruments

The grandad-of-three spent the winter in his garage repairing musical instruments, restoring everything from ukuleles to mandolins and then selling them online.
And his efforts paid off, with sales raising £1,100 for the appeal.

“Last year I found myself in need of the services of the Friarage Hospital,” said David, 66, of Northallerton. “Thanks to the excellent treatment I received I made a full and speedy recovery.

“It occurred to me that I ought to do something to help them in return and when I saw the notice board on my way out highlighting the MRI Scanner Appeal I knew exactly what I should do!

“I have a passion for musical instruments – I make, repair and restore guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos and more. So I set myself a target of raising £1,000 from the sale of repaired and restored instruments.

David Cookson“These were either generously donated or sourced on the internet and they were all in serious need of restorative work to make them playable!

“For six months throughout the winter I worked away in my garage rebuilding and repairing them before selling them on the internet.”

You can see one of the instruments in action on this video.