Whittlesey grandad raises £1,000 busking for charity

Geoff  Ash with son Paul and granddaughter Eva at East Anglia's Children Hospices' Cambridge Santa Run in 2014. Photo supplied
Geoff Ash with son Paul and granddaughter Eva at East Anglia's Children Hospices' Cambridge Santa Run in 2014. Photo supplied
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A guitar-playing grandad from Whittlesey has raised £1,000 for the hospice which supports his disabled granddaughter.

Geoff Ash (67) has been busking in Peterborough to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

His three-year-old granddaughter Eva was born with genetic disorder CDG-1A and cannot stand, talk, or eat and drink and has to be fed via a tube into her stomach.

Eva survived a scare just before Christmas when she was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by paramedics suffering respiratory failure.

However, her family’s prayers were answered when she was allowed home on Christmas Eve after a week in care.

Geoff said: “She means the world to me. She’s a very happy little girl in her own little world and she’s loved by many people.”

Eva attends a range of services at EACH’s hospice in Milton, Cambridge, including the therapy play group and hydrotherapy sessions.

Her treatment persuaded Geoff, who lives in Heron Close, to take up busking gigs to raise money for the hospice.

Since last summer he has played at Serpentine Green and at Sainsbury’s in Oxney Road and is looking for more busking opportunities this year.

Geoff was once told by his music teacher he would never be any good, but his instrumental-only music has over 1 million views on YouTube.

Geoff said: “EACH have been absolutely incredible with what they do. I’m trying to help them by doing something I enjoy.”

Geoff’s music can be viewed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/GeHOF.

Songs can be downloaded if a donation is made.