They may be 154 miles apart but cousins Russell Cook and Nigel Trimmings have got together to help raise money for charity.
For the two avid musicians have recorded the famous Judy Garland song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which became the signatory tune for NHS staff and other support workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and was often played around the country during the “Clap for Carers” weekly tribute.
Seventy-year-old Russell, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, and plays cornet and trumpet, and Nigel, 69, who lives in Winchester and plays guitar, recorded their tracks from their homes and it was put together as a video clip.
Now funds raised from the song are being directed towards the West Suffolk Hospital’s “Help Your NHS Hospital Covid-19 Appeal”, which is being supported by the My WiSH charity, and the Winchester and District branch of Home-Start, the charity which provides friendship and emotional and practical help to parents with at least one child under five years old.
Russell, who is editorial director of the growing news website suffolkvillage.info and a former editor of the West Suffolk Mercury Series of newspapers, said: “We decided we wanted to use some of our spare time during the lockdown period to help raise funds for charity and at the same time have a bit of fun seeing if we could create a video of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. It’s been a bit of a learning curve for us as we’ve never done anything like this before but we’re really pleased with how it’s turned out.”
And Nigel, who was an orthapaedic surgeon at Winchester Hospital, added: “It’s been great to link up with Russ and we’re planning to do another couple of songs over the coming weeks and months. I wanted to help support Home-Start as it provides a great deal of help to families in and around Winchester.”
You can see the video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mre6qBj9vkI