Autistic teenager’s piano marathon

DRONFIELD pianist Robert Wolstenholme raised more than �500 for the National Autistic Society when he entertained shoppers at Crystal Peaks shopping mall with over five hours of music.
DRONFIELD pianist Robert Wolstenholme raised more than �500 for the National Autistic Society when he entertained shoppers at Crystal Peaks shopping mall with over five hours of music.
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An autistic pianist raised more than £500 for the National Autistic Society after entertaining shoppers at Crystal Peaks with over five hours of music.

Robert Wolstenholme, who is 17 and lives with parents Gary and Helen in Dronfield, said he does not allow his condition to stand in the way of his passion for piano.

And the Netherthorpe School sixth former has now raised a total of £3,200 for the charity with his popular series of marathon music sessions at the shopping centre where he plays more than 50 different pieces.

Centre manager Lee Greenwood said: “This is a phenomenal amount of money for just one person to have raised in less than a year.”

Robert’s next performance date at Crystal Peaks will be on Sunday, November 15.