A GROUP of ukulele players are preparing to perform for 24 hours straight as part of a fundraising mission.

The Coda Ukelele Band is taking on the Uke-thon challenge from 3pm on Friday in a bid to help raise £50,000 to further develop the Coda Music Trust’s site in Walkford.

Over the last 20 years, buildings on the farm site occupied by Coda, which runs music classes and therapy in the community, for children, vulnerable young people and for older people, have gradually been turned into music studios.

The trust’s latest project is to convert the piggery into music technology rooms, a project costing around £130,000.

Centre administrator Rosemary Devereux-Jones said: “All we need to do is make the piggery weatherproof and build the walls up so we could have some individual studios which would be used for teaching or music technology.

“We are aiming to use it as a skills centre for young people for music technology, and aiming it at the vulnerable youth area.”

The trust has already collected £70,000 towards the project through various fundraising efforts and donations, and is hoping the Uke-thon will raise at least an additional £2,000.

Coda Ukelele Band has also released a charity single, Lucky Old Ukelele Me.

The Uke-thon will finish at 3pm on Saturday, during the Coda Music Centre open day, which runs from noon to 4pm and features free music workshops.

To find out more, visit coda.org.uk.