You may have seen him kick out some jams during your commute, and now Max Reid has busked his way to £7,000 for the hospital that treated him.
Former Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital patient Max Reid, with the help of his three sons, has raised £7,000 for the hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Centre, simply by playing the fiddle in Tube stations .
Max can often be seen on the busking pitches in various tube stations, including Canary Wharf, wowing commuters with a selection of pieces played on the fiddle. Since April, Max has donated all of his proceeds from busking to the RNOH charity.
Max said: “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.”
Max’s three sons, David, Brian and Norman Reid, have also helped with the fundraising effort, amassing more than £3,000 in sponsorship money by taking part in the recent half-marathons.
Rosie Stolarski, the charity’s director of fundraising and development, said: “We are so grateful to Max and his sons for the amazing amount of money they have raised for the Spinal Cord Injury Centre. Their donation will enable the unit to purchase a range of equipment which will make a real difference to the quality of care our spinally-injured patients receive.
“I’ve been delighted to get to know Max since he first contacted the charity in September 2014. If you ever spot him busking on the Tube, I recommend you talk to him – he is a true character.”