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£220k raised by Classic FM Foundation

National radio station Classic FM raised almost £220,000 in 2011 to help fund music therapy for vulnerable children.

The Global Radio brand partnered Nordoff Robbins for the charity appeal, which culminated in a month of special programmes during December.

The Christmas Appeal included a fundraising week as well as a programme featuring celebrity readings from Sir Cliff Richard and comedian Tim Minchin.

The £219,125 raised will help pay for more than 4,000 music therapy sessions for youngsters across the UK. Nearly £7,000 was raised through auctioning a five-star holiday to New York, while one bidder paid £5,000 to have the Royal Harpist Clare Jones perform at a wedding.

Classic FM presenter John Suchet said: “The whole team at Classic FM is thrilled that we’ve raised such a phenomenal amount of money. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all our listeners and guests for their incredible generosity and support. It will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable children.”

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