Charity sector radio station launches

An online radio station dedicated to promoting charities and the work of volunteers and fundraisers is to launch this weekend.

Charitable Radio has been launched as a social enterprise and is backed by online fundraising platforms JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving.

Presenters include the broadcaster Nick Ede, who will host the first show Nick Ede’s Sunday Lunch on 16 May. This will feature interviews with actress and charity patron Gemma Oaten and the singer Michelle Gayle.

The station’s co-founders include radio industry veterans Sean Tighe and Carrie Mosley

It has been set up as a social enterprise to allow the station to distribute surplus profit to charities each year. It aims to accumulate £100,000 in profit and distributed to good causes through an application process. A patrol panel for this is to be appointed.

Other programmes include a Just Giving segment called Fundraising Fridays to showcase fundraising stories from the online platform’s community.

“We’re very excited to join forces with Charitable Radio," said Sophie Greig, head of brand at JustGiving

"With around 89% of the population tuning into radio every week, we look forward to being able to share with listeners the stories of amazing humans doing incredible things for the causes they care about.

"Charitable Radio’s vision to give a voice to all charity fundraising initiatives, big and small, and celebrate their amazing achievements is one we are fully behind.”

Meanwhile, Virgin Money Giving is offering listeners the chance to compete in the London Marathon in October this year.

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