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Mark’s 60-hour world record bass guitar playing attempt raises thousands for children’s hospice

Mark Edwards presents his fundraising cheque to CHSW area fundraiser Ruth Morgan. Picture: Kevin Green

A Bideford musician has raised £3,694 for Children’s Hospice South West by playing bass guitar for 60 hours non-stop.

Mark Edwards’ emotional two-and-a-half day world record attempt over the August Bank Holiday weekend saw him play a rotating list of 86 songs at the Fairway Buoy in Westward Ho!

He already holds the Guinness World Record for non-stop bass playing, clocking up 41 hours and 41 minutes in 2018, raising more than £3,000 for CHSW. And Mark will find out if he’s broken his own record with his latest ‘Bassathon’ when the attempt is officially verified later this year.

“It feels great now that it's all over, but I have to admit it was a bit of a slog,” Mark told Devon Live

Your motivation is massive and you just don't want to fail.

"That last day seemed to go on forever and it was just a desperate battle to the end, but to finish was fantastic.

“You really feel like you've achieved something and it gives you a great feeling of purpose. For this to be possible, you have to have a cause you believe in in order to push all the way to the end.”

Mark Edwards’ bass playing World Record attemptMark is a huge supporter of CHSW and has raised more than £11,000 for the charity over the years. In 2019, he raised more than £1,000 doing a 100-mile three-legged walk around Bideford football club.

He added: “I have put myself through it by playing bass guitar for three days, but it's a small price to pay.

The real heroes are the volunteers, as well as all the people working for CHSW, who work tirelessly day-in, day-out. That's the real sort of graft.

CHSW area fundraiser Ruth Morgan said Mark’s incredible efforts would make a massive difference to children and families who use the charity’s Little Bridge House children’s hospice in Fremington.

“We are continually amazing by the awesome things that people do to support CHSW and Mark’s dedication and drive to help in any way he can is truly inspiring.

“We can’t thank him enough for his latest fundraising efforts and are keeping our fingers crossed that his record attempt is officially verified by Guinness later this year.”

To add a donation to Mark’s fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/markedwardsbass