Ellesmere Port musician raises £ 10,000 for animal rescue charities
A musician from Ellesmere Port who has taken to the streets and giving concerts to support two animal rescue charities raised the massive sum of £ 10,000.
Singer and guitarist John Walliss was inspired to raise funds for Ark Angels in Saltney, as well as South Wales-based Many Tears following the death of a dog who had endured a difficult life before. to be rescued.
He explains, “I started fundraising for the rescues because I knew their work from a Westie walking group I participate in.
“On one of those walks, I met one of the dogs that had been rescued, a little Westie called Flo.
“Even though she had had an incredibly difficult life as a herding dog, she seemed to really enjoy being around other dogs and I was incredibly moved by her spirit.
“Despite the vet care, she passed away shortly thereafter and that’s what gave me the impetus to go out onto the streets and then start playing to raise money for the two rescues.”
John, who plays uptempo acoustic music from the 1960s to the present day, has performed in bands before but fell in love with the stage and quit for a few years.
In 2018, he started returning to live music through open mic parties, culminating in joining a friend who was a busker and starting his fundraising journey.
Prior to the Covid-19 lockdowns, John was playing in North Wales, Shropshire, Merseyside and Cheshire with a regular slot at the Foodie Fridays event in Chester Market.
He said: “I used to play in bands but I quit because it was no longer fun. I quit playing music for a few years, but then I decided to play. with open mic and from there, I wanted to replay live solo.
“In the summer of 2018 I was invited by a friend to go play with them and I donated what I did and then it grew from there. So it was a reconciliation of the two – the desire to replay live and do something worth doing with the money.
“I figured if I could play live with some degree of regularity, I would be able to earn more for rescues than, say, going on a sponsored walk or the like.
“The money raised is the main purpose I do it for. I love to play music, but at the end of the day the motivation is to help rescues.
“I currently play mostly on the Wirral at the moment, but I hope to start playing further once things return to some form of normalcy.”