Tuesday, November 24, 2009

209radio Under Threat

209radio is an excellent local station in need of a sponsor...
The following press release was issued today:

***Press Release: For immediate release***

Local Charity threatened with closure

An award-winning charity which supports dozens of local community groups, including the elderly, the homeless and people with mental health issues, is on the verge of closure due to a funding crisis.The community radio station 209radio, which broadcasts on 105FM in the Cambridge area, will not see out the year, unless it can gain substantial financial support from the people of the city it serves.

209radio uses education, training and the power of radio to support many vulnerable communities. Programmes such as Homeless Truths, Making Mental Notes (mental health), Headliners (head injuries), Silver Lining (elderly and homebound) and Polish Waves are a prime example of how the charity embraces the Cambridge community.

The Homeless Truths team recently managed to raise over £600 off their own back to support the relaunch of their worldwide unique show - entirely produced and presented by homeless and vulnerably housed people. Andrew Gardener CEO of Headway, the charity behind Headliners, explains the importance of the show: "209radio provides a voice for a group of people with acquired brain injury to run their own radio show. I've seen the group grow in confidence, skills and be able to live independent lives once more. If we didn’t have 209radio it would be a tragic loss for a group of people who are already disadvantaged through no fault of their own."

The station has only recently announced big plans to offer more to the citizens of Cambridge in 2010, which include renaming the station to reposition itself more strongly within the Cambridge community, but it can now only survive if someone comes forward able to offer it a lifeline.

Chairman of 209radio Clive Woodman is calling for support today or lose the station for good.
“We have reached a point now whereby we need stable regular financial support to help with our core costs and continue to provide this incredible and unique service to the residents and community groups of Cambridge. We are calling for anyone who can help financially to come forward now!”

We are also looking for the business community to step forward and take advantage of extremely competitive and low-cost advertising and sponsorship.

If you can help 209radio then they would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Louise Hawes on hawes.louise@209radio.co.uk Tel: 01223 488413 / Mob: 07717 643940 or Jordan Chambers Tel: 01223 488418 / Mob: 07910 670970

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know about 209 being in trouble - well done for putting the flag up about this!