Two 17 year olds smashed all expectations by raising more than £1,200 for lesser-abled children with a 30-hour radio marathon.
In scenes that would have impressed Paula Radcliffe, Cirencester pair Harry Jerome and Cameron MacGregor took to the mic at the Corinium Radio studio in the Bingham Gallery, Dyer Street, at 6am on Saturday and broadcast right through to midday on Sunday.
The Radiothon began with an aim to raise £750 for Cirencester Opportunity Group and was part of the station’s 10th birthday celebrations.
It was really good fun. It didn’t register how long 30 hours was until we got to hour six and I realised we still had a whole day left to broadcast.
The radio-fanatics were joined by a host of Cotswold guests, from local musicians and politicians to a fitness guru who helped stop them dozing off with some athletic exercises.
Helping to raise money were business sponsors who were given a publicity boost by regular shout-outs about their businesses.
Having ticked this mammoth broadcast off his ‘bucket list’ of things to do, Cameron considered the prospect a similar event in the future.
We’ll leave that open ended. I’d love to try, you never know…
Chair of Corinium Radio Carole Boydell said that the weekend had been fabulous and had exceeded her expectations.
It has been absolutely tremendous to work with so many businesses, all of whom have given so generously to support the Opportunity Group.
The Marathon has brought everyone together and I’ve loved every minute. I’ve been proud to be part of it.
Charity fundraiser for the Opportunity Group, Stephanie Smyth, said, as the show headed for the final countdown:
It’s been wonderful. There’s been such a great atmosphere in the studio. Everyone a Corinium Radio has made us feel really welcome and they’ve put on such a fantastic show for us.
We’re so grateful and we’ve really enjoyed being part of this community event.
Harry and Cameron have done so well.