A GIANT cheque for £10,000 has been presented to Worcester and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK by city mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta.

The money was raised by Worcester Ukulele Club in less than twelve months – and was presented to members of the Parkinson’s branch in Crowngate shopping centre while almost 40 members of the club took turns in a marathon four-hour gig.

During the event donations given by a generous public mean that the £10,000 barrier has already been broken, with three weeks still to run.

Since the club voted to raise money for people with Parkinson’s and their families in Worcester, Malvern, Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich and Wyre Forest last Christmas, ukers have strummed and sung their way through more than 100 gigs at various venues.

In presenting the giant cheque, the mayor, who was accompanied by his daughter Parveen Akhtar, congratulated the ukulele club on what it was doing, saying it was fantastic and was helping people all over the county.

A spokesman for Worcester and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK said: “The branch is indebted to the Worcester Ukulele Club for its efforts, as well as the public who have contributed in raising such a magnificent sum.”