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Free Radio charity donates over £18,000 to help seriously ill local children

Published Thursday, 08 November 2018

Cash for Kids, the charity of radio station Free Radio, has handed over a cheque for £18,119 to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Free Radio Acorn children's hospice

The donation will help Acorns, who are celebrating their 30th year, continue to provide support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

The donation comes as a result of Free Radio’s successful Superhero Day fundraising campaign earlier this year. The highlight of the appeal saw radio presenter John Dalziel (JD) face his fears & abseil down One Friargate, the home of Coventry City Council, live on-air.

He was joined by a small team of brave listeners to his Free Radio Breakfast Show, together with Trish Willetts, Director of Coventry BID and Martin Reeves, Leader of Coventry City Council.

Speaking as he returned to the location of the abseil to hand over the cheque, JD said “I’m thrilled that the people of Coventry & Warwickshire really got behind Superhero Day this year.

“When I was first told I’d be launching myself off the side of this building I was terrified. But the amazing group of people who joined me, together with the generosity of the listeners to my radio show, made it all so worthwhile.”

Leader of Coventry City Council Martin Reeves added; ““When I was approached to take part in the Superhero Day campaign, I had no hesitation in saying yes. The abseil down the building itself was an incredible experience, made all the more special by the great support everyone taking part received on the day.”

Joining JD and his co-presenter Roisin was 12 year old Oli Nawacka from Coventry. Oli lives with the condition muscular dystrophy and is one of the many local children who receive support from Acorns Children’s Hospices.

Lynne Carter, Head of Fundraising for Acorns Children’s Hospice said; “We want to say a huge heartfelt thanks to JD & his team of daredevils who fought their fears for the abseil, we’re so proud of their achievement and the money raised will go directly to our vital care and support for children and families.

“A massive thanks also to Free Radio Cash for Kids, and of course all the superheroes up and down the West Midlands who got involved with the Superhero campaign, the amount raised is wonderful. As a charity that relies on support from the community to continue, it’s terrific that the campaign captured the imaginations of so many people.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Free Radio Cash for Kids charity should visit www.freeradio.co.uk/cashforkids

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