Saturday 16 December 2017

Christmas FM breaks records and raises €265,000 for charity

Noddy Holder and Slade in 1973. The campaign for a Slade Christmas No. 1 starts here.
Noddy Holder and Slade in 1973. The campaign for a Slade Christmas No. 1 starts here.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Christmas FM has raised a whopping €265,000 for this year's charity partner Make-A-Wish Ireland.

It's the highest fundraising target the charity station has ever reached.

This year it ran from November 28 until St Stephen's Day from 7am to 2am seven days a week and broadcast across the country.

Central to the fundraising drive was the annual Donations Day which saw listeners pledge more than €10,000 an hour, raising €125,000 over the course of the day.

Christmas FM is run as a not-for-profit operation with 100% of donations going directly to the charity.

Since 2008, the station has raised over €860,000 for charities including ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Focus Ireland, Age Action, Aware and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The station is funded by sponsorship which covers all the costs and is sponsored this year by An Post and Lidl and the station broadcasts from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin which gives studio space for free.

More than 100 volunteers participate across the on-air production and promotion of the station this year, each devoting between 20 and 50 hours of their time.

Irene Timmins, Head of Fundraising for Make-A-Wish Ireland says: “Christmas FM is such an exciting and unique initiative so we were delighted to be chosen as the charity for 2015.

"We could not have anticipated the unbelievable generosity of their listeners and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated.

"Their support will transform the lives of so many brave children and replace the sadness and hopelessness, which comes with battling a life-threatening illness, with extraordinary memories and pure joy.

"Special thanks also to the Christmas FM volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the radio station and to our wish families who told their stories so eloquently over the course of the campaign.”

The BAI grants Christmas FM a temporary 30-day licence every year enabling the station to broadcast on a range of frequencies across the country.

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