Key 103 supports blast victims

Manchester's Key 103 has raised more than £13,500 in just 10 hours to help victims of this week's Salford gas blast, who've been made homeless.

The Bauer station has also sorted out for the five families to go to Lapland in the run up to Christmas, and enjoy a football match at Old Trafford.

Earlier this week, several properties were completely destroyed after a gas explosion in the home of 82-year-old Marie Burns on Merlin Road in Irlam.

Together with their Cash for Kids charity, Key 103 launched a fund-raising appeal to help the victims. They say it's so far an unprecedented amount in a 10 hour appeal by the station.

Breakfast presenter Mike Toolan told"The response to our on-air appeal over the past few days has been nothing short of phenomenal and it just proves what a big-hearted lot we are in Manchester. It's what Key 103 and our listeners are all about – taking a personal interest in and supporting our local communities. It really is heart-warming".

The Thomas Cook’s Children’s Charity has helped out with a trip to Lapland for Anita Orzanska and son Rabin (2) at number 74 Merlin Road; Leon Barker, Sarah Jenkins and children Joshua (11), Taylor (8) and Ellis (3) at number 78; The Eden Family with children James (13) and Katie (8); The Carner family, children Dalton (14), Caine (12), Caiden (8) and Jud (2); and The Corker Family with daughter Sienna-Rose (2).

Pip Tyler, Vice-Chairman and Trustee of the Thomas Cook Children's Charity said:"We are delighted to be able to help Key 103’s Cash for Kids Charity bring some good news to the families affected by the explosion. Thomas Cook has many links to the area and we really hope the families are able to enjoy their trip."

Manchester Airport will be providing the families with free parking during their trip as well as arranging a party for the 10 adults and 11 children at the airport before they jet off to Lapland.

Breakfast co-presenter Chelsea has also organised a luxury hamper for pensioner Marie Burns (82), at number 76, to be delivered to hospital, while Manchester United are donating tickets for the families to enjoy a game at Old Trafford as the city becomes galvanised to support the homeless victims.

As a thank you to the amazing efforts of the emergency services Key 103 awarded Pride of Britain tickets to Jamie Horracks of Irlam Fire station and Ross Strother of Eccles Fire Station to take their place amongst the nation's heroes of 2010.

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