A recovering addict is travelling the UK with a PIANO – acting at magnificence spots to share his perception that music saves lives. James Tofalli, 29, began the journey at John O’ Groats, Caithness, Highlands, and goals to complete at Land’s Finish, Cornwall, all whereas carrying his 270kg piano on a trolley and taking part in at magnificence spots alongside the best way. The previous chef, who’s now a fulltime musician, battled an dependancy to ‘zombie drug’ Spice however went chilly turkey in 2015 and located taking part in piano gave him one thing to reside for. He now hopes to unfold the message that music ‘saved his life’ and may also assist others scuffling with dependancy and psychological well being. Transferring footage confirmed him performing ‘Kids’ by Robert Miles on the banks of Loch Ness, Highlands. James, from the Medway, Kent, improvises basic music covers in a blues type and has stopped off alongside such spots together with Castletown, Thurso, Inverness, and Loch Ness armed solely along with his piano, trolley, and a small provide of meals and garments. He’s already on his second piano – the primary falling sufferer to potholes on the roads – and has been wowed by the response from individuals who have witnessed his efficiency. James mentioned: “There was a lot positivity from members of the general public, a number of beeps and waves which is all I would like. “I’ve hand pulled the piano on a turntable trolley to right here, however the previous couple of days it has been made into an assisted trolley to provide me breaks and a small quantity of energy. “Taking part in occurs as and when the sensation is correct. “I began on April 16 and count on to see Lands Finish at the start of subsequent 12 months. “There have been robust days however the public retains me from stopping. “The largest problem has been potholes. “The trailer has flipped 3 times as a result of potholes and killed piano primary. “Piano quantity two has solely not too long ago joined the journey after being delivered to me in a van from my sponsors. “Other than that, I would say I have been blessed with the climate. “I’ve bought a spot of lunch on the go now. I normally feed myself however by no means say no to hospitality. “I’ve bought round 30kg of package to maintain me going while on the highway, and that is it. “To be snug sufficient to speak about my previous is inspiring so many individuals. “The message I’m making an attempt to unfold is that music saved my life, it will possibly yours too. “I used to be hooked on spice in 2015, and after going chilly turkey for 17 days the primary place I went to was St Pancras station in London and sat and performed on the piano. “I’ve by no means regarded again. “I had only a few keyboard classes as a baby, however I pushed away from it because it was one thing that was pushed onto me. “I solely actually began concentrating on it from 2015.” He has already obtained practically £4,000 in donations and hopes to have the ability to use the cash to create a basis to supply music workshops throughout the UK. James mentioned: “The present whole is at £2,400 however I’ve collected £1,300 additional in money donations. “I hope to have the ability to present music assist via pop-up and on-line workshops by offering devices and classes throughout the board. “I need to have the ability to present free devices, as funding for music is continually being reduce. “Music saved my life from dependancy in 2015, and it has been my mission to encourage ever since.” To donate go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/tofallimusic?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=buyer.