A big-hearted band and two bidders with deep pockets made for a stunning result at the recent MFR Cash for Kids auction event, part of the official charity of Moray Firth Radio (MFR).

The radio station covers the whole of the north and north-east of Scotland and the Cash for Kids charity supports children and young people with disabilities or who live in poverty, deprivation or distress.

Numerous fundraising ideas from listeners and businesses keep the charity topped up, but at their recent online auction one item attracted a lot of attention.

Stornoway band Peat & Diesel offered to perform a gig in the comfort of someone’s own home, anywhere within the MFR transmission area, as a private performance for up to 40 family and friends.

After a lively bidding war, the private performance sold for an impressive £4,605. But the bucks didn’t stop there. The losing bidder, pipped at the post by just £5, got in touch and offered £5,000 if the band would play just one more gig – and they agreed.

That means two private gigs played by P&D raising £9,605 for children across northern Scotland. It’s part of a tradition of community support already established by the boys from Stornoway, who have also played free of charge at Highland Hospice, in schools and at a care home ahead of their tour gigs.

MFR organisers have christened the band ‘absolute heroes’ and thanked everyone who placed a bid on any of the items in the auction.

Peat & Diesel are off on a tour of Ireland on 19 March, with gigs in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork over a long weekend.