Jul 24 2012

Radio Northwick Park raises over £4,500

Volunteers at a hospital radio station have raised over £4,500 in their biggest fundraiser ever.

The team at Radio Northwick Park, a charity that broadcasts to the patients of Northwick Park Hospital, had a jam-packed weekend of events dubbed The Radio Northwick Park Games – starting at 9am on Saturday 21 July through to 6.32pm on Sunday 22 July.

As six volunteers took to the air for a 2012-minute live show, various individuals flexed their muscles and completed a 50-mile bike ride, a half marathon or a 1,000m swim at midnight.

The event smashed all fundraising records for the charity, becoming the biggest ever fundraiser and attracting the highest amount visitors to the charity’s website.

Fundraising Officer Dan Cottrell said: “The Radio Northwick Park Games have been an immense success and I can’t thank everyone enough for their sheer determination, dedication and pure enthusiasm.”

The funds the volunteers raised will go towards running the charity, which has over 120 volunteers and has been broadcasting to patients for over 40 years.

“I’m overwhelmed with the success this weekend has been”

With over 550 listeners tuning into the broadcast online, Programme Controller Adam Glynn said: “It was a mammoth task, but the broadcast team rose to the challenge – and produced 2012 minutes of compelling and fun radio.”

Volunteer Sarika Unadkat was one of six volunteers who spent 33.5hours live on air. After a good night’s sleep, she said: “Doing the 2012 minute long show was exhausting, but also a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in the space of two days before! There were a few points where I was really tired, but the team and the volunteers who came to help really spurred us on to combat the tiredness. Having been a volunteer for four years, I’m so glad that we managed to raise a lot for the station. Although I have given a lot of time to the charity, I feel as though the charity has also given me confidence and I’ve met some amazing friends – so this was my way of giving back.”

As the show and sport events came to an end, Chairman Matt Blank was touched by the success of the weekend.

He said: “I’m overwhelmed with the success this weekend has been and what it’s meant for Radio Northwick Park. I want to thank all those who participated, helped out and of course the hundreds of people who donated.

“We’re looking to expand and enhance our services over the next year to provide even more care and entertainment to those in need and it’s thanks to the public’s generosity that we can carry on this great service.”

A cricket bat signed by members of the England Cricket team was also up for auction and sold for £165.

People can still donate by visiting Radio Northwick Park’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/rnpgames, or text ‘Show50’ to 70070 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.

Video, audio clips and more photos will be posted on www.radionorthwickpark.org/games in the next few days.

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