A number of local radio stations operated by UTV Media have raised over £200,000 for charity between them during the last 12 months.
Fundraising events including auctions, walkathons and a live music concert inspired generosity from listeners across Stoke, South Wales, Bradford and West Yorkshire, Chesterfield, Wolverhampton and Liverpool for local charities.
Signal Radio in Stoke helped to raise £50,000 for Douglas Macmillan with a ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ day, and throughout the day they broadcast messages from people living with cancer or the families and friends of those who died due to the illness. Help a Signal Child, the community fund that undertakes projects to help underprivileged children also raised £6,000 with various events.
Swansea Sound and The Wave in South Wales held a Summer Ball and a Christmas Auction among other events, and collected just over £40,000 for the NSPCC, which went to help children in the area.
The Pulse in West Yorkshire and Peak FM in Chesterfield helped their local hospices raise more than £55,000 with ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ days and also holding a charity auction on air.
Radio Wave raised £24,500 with several events in the area including a Local Heroes bash, the Culture and Lifestyle Awards, the Diamond Anniversary Ball and a charity auction. All proceeds went towards their chosen charity the NSPCC, who have opened a new centre in Blackpool.
Signal 107 helped with several events for Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton, including a live music event Compton in the Park, the Compton Hospice 30th Birthday celebration 80’s night, a Twilight Walk in October and the Christmas Market in December, raising £15,000 in total.
Liverpool’s Juice FM raised £5000 for the Claire House Children’s Hospice in Wirral with workplace collections, and also the annual Juice FM Style Awards.
Iain Fowler, Director of Local Radio for UTV Media (GB), said, “I’m really pleased with the huge contribution our local stations made to charities last year. It shows how engaged they are in their communities and the improvement of their areas, and it’s another reason we’re proud to be local.”