By Oliver Hodgson
A Hollywood actor has raised over £6,000 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria by serenading hundreds.
Cumbrian-born Billy Walker, like most performers, has been out of work since the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19, so decided to set out to cheer people and raise money for charity at the same time.
The 38-year-old has been performing safely at care homes, residential estates, and empowering people through his positive social media posts.
“I am thoroughly enjoying lifting the spirits of our communities most vulnerable and it has truly been my honour to serve them, their carers, and neighbours. Of course, raising money for Hospice at Home is just the icing on the cake,” Billy joked.
Although his aim is to spread positivity and cheer Billy actually struggled with his mental health at the beginning of lockdown, but explained his entertaining helped him move forward.
He said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has been the single most unprecedented event in my life and for around two weeks I struggled greatly and became depressed, like many others. Following a difficult few weeks, I decided to get out there and do what I do best – entertain”
A memorable moment for Billy was performing for an elderly lady who was isolating due to her cancer diagnosis.
Unfortunately, the lady passed away a few days later, but her family reached out to Billy expressing how grateful they were for his efforts.
The performer also made a spontaneous performance at Tesco’s in Workington for the staff who were feeling the stress of the pandemic.
The store is now also selling his latest album ‘And On The 7th Day’ with all profits from the album going straight to Hospice at Home West Cumbria to add to the. One already raised.
To keep up-to-date with Billy you can connect with him on all social media @iambillywalker.