Shoppers in Princes Risborough were treated to a live performance from the Hemley Hillbilles Bluegrass band last week, as the group raised money for Parkinson’s UK.

The band brought a carnival atmosphere last week, as the band played their unique style of bluegrass music to passing shoppers.

Since their inception approximately two years ago, the group have raised over £6,000 for the charity, playing at a variety of local functions as well performing carol concerts over Christmas time.

Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinsons. It effects 145,000 people in the UK, around 1 in 350 adults. Currently there are no known cure for the disease.

Band member Gerry Lister said: “A very close family member was diagnosed with Parkinsons 10 years ago, and I felt I wanted to do something to help toward research into finding a cure.

“So, I took my banjo and vintage tractor to Thame market fun day and realised how generous people were for a genuine cause, and it really started from there.

“After meeting a group of friends at the Princes Risborough Ukulele group, we formed the Hemley Hillbillies Bluegrass Band (Hemley Hill is a local Landmark) and now it has become my passion.

“We like to think that we bring a happy, carnival atmosphere with us when we play, and most people seem to enjoy our efforts.”