Trauma unit fundraiser records charity single

A charity fundraiser has recorded a money-spinning single.

Pete Austin, of Higham Ferrers, has been raising funds for the Oxford Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital for more than 10 years.

Pete Austin

Pete Austin

In that time he has raised in excess of £15,000 mainly through regular quiz nights.

At the start of 2013 he produced a booklet containing a selection of his recent poems, a copy of which was bought by Rushden musician Kenneth J Nash.

Mr Austin said: “I have had many favourable comments about the collection but I was totally surprised when I heard from Kenneth who said he would like to put music to some of them.

“In a matter of days he contacted me again with a demo version of two songs.

“To have someone else believe my words were worth taking further is amazing, but I must say it has taken them to another level, one I never imagined.”

Singer-songwriter Mr Nash has produced many of his own recordings and is a well-known face on the festival circuit.

He said: “It was during a break from recording my new LP that I first heard Pete perform his poems at a local folk club, as a songwriter I was struck by the beauty of his words.

“It was a joy to compose some simple musical accompaniment and record his poems as songs, and if it helps him to raise some money then it will be very rewarding to have been involved.”

The two-track charity single, When Sails Were Raised, costs £2, the booklet £3, plus p+p and is available by contacting Mr Austin at or by calling 07427 691062.