Shoppers dig deep for radio station

By Nigel Slater 29/03 Updated: 02/04 13:25

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Buy photos » Kath Knight, Asda Community life champion, Trudy Burge, fund-raising officer at Evesham Hospital Radio and Brent Aston, Pershore Asda store manager, holding the donation cheque.

GENEROUS shoppers at a Vale supermarket dug deep to help keep a vital radio service on the airwaves.

A raffle at Pershore ASDA's store in King George's Way raised a total of £150 for Evesham Hospital Radio and a cheque was handed over to the team in the store on Monday (March 26).

The raffle was drawn following a change in licensing laws which means the Evesham Hospital radio team now have to buy a separate licence for each roadshow event they present.

The raised funds will help pay repair or replace specialist equipment needed to continue the voluntary service for Evesham Community Hospital.

Evesham Hospital Radio manager Peter Challenger said: "It is such a nice surprise when we receive a donation like this one and I am overwhelmed with the support that we have had from the community.

"At the beginning of the year we were not sure how we were going to make ends meet with the new licences and other costs increasing.

"I would like to personally thank the store manager Brent Aston and Kath Knight, the new Community Life champion as well as each and every person who contributed to our cause.

"Over the years, the people of Pershore have been so generous to us and we are always extremely grateful."

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