- Accountant’s musical talents drum up funds for hard-pressed NHS staff
- Keyboard performance filmed during a video conference proves to be a hit with viewers
- £1,200 raised so far for NHS Charities Together
As a qualified accountant, Leamington’s Gurpreet Virk is familiar with the sorts of notes that have the Queen’s head emblazoned across them. But outside work the accomplished keyboard-player strikes a different chord – using his musical talents to raise hundreds of pounds for the NHS.
Gurpreet, a Performance & Investment Reporting Finance Manager for Warwickshire gas distributor Cadent, is on target to raise £1,200 for NHS Charities Together.
After delighting colleagues by tinkling the ivories during a video-conference, he recorded the performance and put it on Facebook as a charity fundraiser, pledging to donate £1 for every comment received and encouraging others to chip in, too.
The music video proved a hit with viewers, generating £800 so far. In addition, Cadent has boosted Gurpreet’s efforts with a £400 donation through its matched giving scheme.
People can enjoy Gurpreet’s musical performance for themselves and help swell the charity coffers by going to: https://www.facebook.com/639660478/posts/10158194501445479/?d=n
“It’s something I do anyway and whilst I’ve seen others use their skills and services to help, this is how I can help. I didn’t expect to have so many people to react the way they did but I’m pleased I’ve been able to raise what I have,” said Gurpreet.
“I’m a qualified accountant but music has always been something I’ve been around. My dad teaches about different cultures through the arts and I learnt different instruments as I grew up.”
Away from the day job, Gurpreet plays in a Bhangra Band accompanying some of the leading Punjabi singers touring around the world.
Having learnt to play traditional Indian percussion instruments, he started playing the keyboard in secondary school and except for an odd lesson or two, is mainly self-taught.