A violin repair tutor from South Thames College has been lending his talents to a music school in Uganda, training none other than Charles Dickens.
Keith Graves swapped the Merton Campus of the college for two weeks at the Kampala Music School teaching student Charles how to repair violins and helping maintaining work on their violins, cellos and basses.
Having a famous namesake isn't the only reason people are talking about Charles – thanks to Keith, he is now the only trained string repairer in East Africa.
A big-hearted student from South Thames College raised over £500 for Macmillan by auctioning a guitar he handcrafted during his lessons. 30-year-old Steven Richardson, a musical instrument making and repair student at the Merton Campus of the college, chose to raise money for the cancer charity after his aunt died of the disease last year.
Steven, who lives in Streatham, said: "My aunt's wish was for donations to be made to Macmillan nurses as they really helped her in her last days. Whilst there was a whip around, I didn't feel that it would be enough on my part. So I decided to build a guitar and auction it off, in the hope of making more than just £20 in a cup."