Premier Christian Radio has raised over £330,000 through its six day May Radiothon to help keep the station on the air.
It will contribute to the £550,000 it needs to raise by the end of June – half of the £1.1million it has to raise each year to stay on the air.
A single donation of $20,000 was made by American Christian leader Tony Campolo, helping the twice-yearly fund-raising event to reach a new record high of nearly £331,000.
A record 3,600 calls and nearly 800 web donations were received, including many £1,000 gifts, and hundreds of testimonials were broadcast throughout the appeal from listeners who wanted to thank Premier for support and comfort after bereavements, illness, depression and other family problems. Many described how Premier Christian Radio helps them to overcome loneliness and has become a ‘church and community’ for the housebound and disabled.
The Together Now’ ‘fund-raising programme is staged in May and November each year, when Premier’s presenters appeal for cash donations to raise money for the station’s national transmission fund which helps keep it on the air throughout the UK and on digital radio.
Premier’s CEO, Peter Kerridge, described the level of donations as a magnificent demonstration of support from listeners to Britain’s largest Christian broadcaster.
“Listening to the very many testimonials from supporters over the past few days, it’s clear that we play an important role in so many people’s lives. It is both humbling and inspiring to see the difference Premier makes,” he said. “Thanks to the commitment of our donors, we will be able to help more people to put their faith at the heart of everyday life and bring Christ to their communities.”