Martin Cook

Martin Cook has help to raise over £6,500 towards diabetes research.

Fundraising to the tune of thousands

An Exeter alumnus has found a novel way to raise funds for a vital medical research centre at the University – by allowing donors to choose to hear him sing – or not!

While it has a serious aim, the fundraising project itself was devised purely as a bit of fun. However, Martin Cook’s approach has already raised more than £6,500, which will go towards supporting leading research into diabetes.

Martin stressed he doesn’t see himself as a serious musician and even warned: “boy it will be awful.” Even so, the majority who gave to his fundraising page opted to hear him perform and Martin, as promised, has now recorded a series of specially composed tracks. He not only sings but also plays all of the instruments himself.

“My own son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just a year old. While he’s now a hulking great brute, doing ghastly teenage things, it hasn’t always been easy for him, or the rest of the family,” said Martin. “I’ve been really impressed with the research being carried out at Exeter into the genetic links with diabetes. I wanted to do my bit to help spare other families the difficulties we faced.”

Martin, who graduated in history, admitted he hit on this specific fundraising idea when a “mid-life crisis” saw him composing and singing his own songs at home. He thought it would be fun to let supporters choose whether or not to hear his efforts.

The venture’s been so successful that Martin has left the fundraising page open for more donations.

The money raised will go towards a new £19m medical research facility, which is being designed to further the world-leading research into diabetes being carried out by Professor Andrew Hattersley FRS and his team.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit Martin's Just Giving page.

Date: 19 January 2012

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