A 77 year-old fiddler has raised tens of thousands for a local hospital.
Pensioner Max Reid has for the last 20 years been raising huge sums for Stanmore’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) by entertaining commuters at Tube stations with his violin.
Talented musician Reid, of Ilford, Essex, has raised £40,000 for the RNOH’s new Spinal Cord Injury Centre Gardens, which will be created in the near future in conjunction with Horatio’s Gardens.
Since April 2015, Max has donated all of his proceeds from busking on the Underground and at the London Marathon to the RNOH Charity.
Max can often be seen wowing commuters with a selection of pieces played on the fiddle in London Underground’s Canary Wharf station.
Max said: “I work the Underground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings – between 2pm until midnight, as well as Gants Hill Station on Wednesday evenings. I busk at Canary Wharf because I don’t have much choice - wheelchair access and official busking patches places limitations on where I can go.”
Max, who has been wheelchair-bound since suffering spinal malformations added: “My running days are over, but if people are going to throw money at me for sitting down and playing fiddle tunes, that’s fine with me. About twenty years ago the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Stanmore patched me up and gave me my life back. Or rather, a new life as a street musician.
The least I can do to thank them is to help raise money towards improving facilities for the hospital’s spinally-injured patients.”
To contribute please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Max-Reid3