CFM spent 13 hours broadcasting from the Sellafield nuclear site yesterday, raising money for the station’s Cash for Kids Give us a Break appeal.
THe aim was to raise money to build a respite care centre for local disabled children.
As part of their support for the appeal, Sellafield Ltd welcomed hosts Robbie Dee, Pete Moss and Stu Smith to present their shows live from 6am until 7pm. The CFM news team were also based on site to bring listeners stories from around the site.
Give us a Break was launched by Cash for Kids in response to the story of a West Cumbrian family, the Raynor family, who have severely disabled teenage twins who have tuberous sclerosis.
The appeal hopes to raise enough money to build a state of the art centre which will serve them and other local families.
The 10,000 plus workers at Sellafield joined in with fund-raising, and the charity’s mascot, Courage the Cat, was out and about meeting as many people as possible.
CFM Radio’s Programme Director, Tom Haynes says “We are always keen to push the boundaries of what is possible on radio, and we were really excited about being the first radio station to be invited to broadcast live shows from a nuclear site.
“To be able to achieve a world first [broadcasting all day from a nuclear site] is fantastic for us, and I know our presenters were especially pleased to have unprecedented access to the Sellafield site. What makes it all the more special is that not only did we achieve this world first, we were also raising money for the Cash for Kids’ Give us a Break appeal.”