Radio Clyde raises a million

A donation of ?100,000 from Mike Ashley of Sports World International has taken the total for Radio Clyde?s Cash for Kids appeal 2005 to ?1,100,000 with your donations still coming in. This astonishing total has already helped 86,440 children in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

This spectacular figure has been raised by hundreds of people including Britain?s richest man, Philip Green who donated ?25,000. Richard Caring, owner of Wentworth Golf Club, also boosted the appeal by ?50,000.

Sir Tom Hunter doubled his yearly donation to ?200,000 as a thank you to Travis frontman Fran Healy who flew up from London to perform a special unplugged session for Cash for Kids.

Only in Glasgow could a moustache cost ?80,000! PricewaterhouseCoopers chairman, Frank Blinn, agreed to shave off his moustache but only if enough money was raised. Optical Express owner, David Moulsdale and Sir Tom Hunter were on hand with the razors and shaving foam and convinced him that ?80,000 was enough to get rid of the 30 year old moustache.

John McGuire at Phoenix donated a Suzuki swift to the charity as a raffle prize. Tickets were sold throughout various outlets in the West of the Scotland and Eva Barclay from Croftfoot was the lucky winner. She was delighted when Clyde 1?s Suzie McGuire and John called them live on air on Friday with this early Christmas present.

A yearly highlight of the appeal is the Sports Auction which takes place during Radio Clyde?s SuperScoreboard programme. 17 items were up for auction auctioned including the first signed Roy Keane Celtic jersey, which raised ?16,000. The star prize of the auction was the World Cup package, donated by James Mortimer owner of Glasgow’s newest meeting place, One Up. The package consisted of 4 tickets to the CIS League Cup final, 4 tickets to the Tennent’s Scottish Cup Final, 4 tickets to the sold out Robbie Williams concert at Hampden Park. Also travel, accommodation and 2 tickets to the 2006 Champions League final in Paris and the World Cup Finals in Germany. This raised an astonishing ?64,500. The other auction items raised a further ?19,500 bringing the total raised to ?100,000 in just 4 hours!

Asda staff and customers were once again extremely generous and at the Cash for Kids ball presented a cheque for ?165,000.

Radio Clyde?s Managing Director, Paul Cooney said ?Thanks to every one of our listeners who has contributed to our appeal. This makes a massive difference to so many needy children at this special time of year.?

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