Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has come to the aid of community radio station Angel Radio on the Isle of Wight after it was struck by lightning.
The station had appealed for help in July to pay for replacing transmission equipment when the rock star sent in a £3,000 donation.
Listeners raised more than £1,300 towards the cost of the new equipment, with station bosses shocked to get the money from Richards – who lives West Sussex where Angel runs another station that broadcast the appeal.
Director and programme controller, Bev Webster, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we received his cheque in the post. We thought it was a joke at first, it was so generous and unexpected. I have written a letter of thanks and asking how he heard about us; and he is more than welcome to come and visit us in the studio.”
A spokesman for Keith, 67, has confirmed he made the donation but would not comment further.