North Oxfordshire’s Hospital Radio station, Radio Horton has accomplished a record-breaking number of donations, raising £800.00 at its annual festive fundraiser which took place at the Oxford Road branch of Sainsbury’s on 22nd December 2018.
Intrepid volunteers from the station provided entertainment to shoppers as they entered the supermarket, helping to spread festive cheer to shoppers and staff. Santa Claus (Radio Horton’s Bill Warren) was also on hand to help make sure public spirits were high in time for Christmas.
Speaking after the event and on notification of the amount received, Radio Horton’s Outside Events Coordinator and Trustee, Bill Warren commented: “We are overwhelmed by the support from the local community and shoppers of Sainsbury’s once again for their generosity before Christmas. Eight hundred pounds is a fantastic amount and we really cannot thank the public enough for their charitableness.”
“We would also like to thank the staff of Sainsbury’s Banbury for their excellent hospitality and for welcoming us back. We look forward to more fundraising events with the store this year.”
The donations received from the festive fundraiser will contribute towards purchasing a new generator and new equipment for Radio Horton’s outside events, after theft and vandalism was caused to its Outside Broadcast Vehicles last summer following a break-in, as well as helping the station to expand its listener reach beyond the Horton General Hospital to health, care and wellbeing organisations in Banburyshire.
Warren continues: “These funds will go a long way in replenishing and replacing vital equipment the station needs to continue its outside events well into 2019, after the vehicles were broken into in the summer.”
“We are hoping to attract new listeners as we expand into care homes and health centres in the region and these funds will significantly support us in overseeing this project, by allowing us to continue to invest in Wi-Fi radios and digital technology.”