89-year-old Warwickshire busker raises thousands for air ambulance charity over a decade - The Leamington Observer

89-year-old Warwickshire busker raises thousands for air ambulance charity over a decade

Leamington Editorial 11th Mar, 2020 Updated: 11th Mar, 2020   0

AN 89-year-old busker from Warwickshire has raised nearly £35,000 for a lifesaving charity.

Colin Street has raised £34,740 for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance by playing his harmonica at Stratford and Wellesbourne markets.

The busker has been playing for nearly a decade in aid of the charity which relies entirely on donations.

He said: “I wanted to support my local air ambulance as I often saw them fly overhead when I lived near their Coventry airbase. Playing the harmonica all these years has kept me going and kept my mind active.”




But the soon-to-be nonegenarian is not planning to hang up his hat just yet.

He added: “I’ll continue playing and raising money for another twelve months yet – then we will see.”


Colin was invited to serenade charity staff at its head office in Rugby.

Charity spokeswoman Laura Harrington Sage said: “It was a pleasure to have Colin come into our head office and play his iconic harmonica for all our staff. “Colin’s continued support for our charity and the amount he has raised is incredible – we thank Colin from the bottom of our hearts.”

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