GMG Radio is once again supporting the Help for Heroes charity with a day of special programming across all of its Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio stations to raise funds for the support of wounded servicemen and women in the armed forces.
The group will come together on Tuesday 16 November 2010 for ‘Help for Heroes Day’, an 18 hour appeal which will include a two-hour show fronted by TV presenter and journalist Eamonn Holmes.
Last year’s Help for Heroes Day, which sees a break from normal output, raised more than £200,000.
Eamonn Holmes said:
“Whose heart doesn’t go out to the brave soldiers and families who have borne the brunt of conflict? They need our help and appreciation. Being asked to present this very special show across the GMG’s radio stations, in aid of such an amazing charity, is a real honour. I look forward to being part of a day that’s aim is to raise a large amount of money for Help for Heroes and raise awareness for the charity which makes a difference to so many families’ lives”.
Eamonn’s show will be broadcast between 9am and 11am across the Real Radio and Smooth Radio networks.
“The stories will be moving and inspiring; the music will be first class and there will be a few tears as well I’m sure; both of sadness and laughter – please tune in.”
Celebrities including Sir Tom Jones, James Blunt, Olly Murs, Scouting for Girls, Taio Cruz, Alexandra Burke, Jamie Cullum and JLS have pledged their support for Help for Heroes Day. Joanna Lumley and cultural icon Twiggy will also encourage listeners to do their bit for Britain’s wounded troops.
GMG Radio has secured special access to Headley Court in Surrey, the main rehabilitation centre for the forces. Central to the day of programming with be inspirational stories from soldiers who have been injured in action.
Other features include celebrity guest interviews, special acoustic music sessions and the Help for Heroes Newsdesk, which will be manned by some famous and well loved newsreaders.
Listeners will be encouraged to dig deep and use text or go online to donate through the www.realradio.co.uk/heroes, www.smoothradio.co.uk/heroes and www.rockradio.co.uk/heroes websites. There will also be an auction of money can’t buy items including a day on the set of Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling and the pundits, a trip to Las Vegas to see Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis Show and a guitar signed by the legendary Carlos Santana.
John Simons, Group Programme Director for GMG Radio said: “Help for Heroes Day is about doing our bit for the injured men and women of the armed forces – an issue which has made a deep connection with our audience. We can’t stop them getting hurt, but by giving them our support, we can help them get better.”
Bryn Parry, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Help for Heroes said: “Help for Heroes accepts that men and women injured in war may eventually have to leave their job of choice but is entirely focused on ensuring that if that has to happen, those individuals only do so when they are ready, have the very best opportunities and the long term care they need; they deserve nothing less. We’ve had an incredible three years but there’s still more to do to ensure the long term support is there, so keep up the fantastic work you, our fundraisers are doing – please.”
In the three years since it was set-up, Help for Heroes has raised £70m. Its original aim to fund a state-of-the-art swimming pool and gym facility at Headley Court has been achieved and it is now helping to set up other recovery centres across the UK which provide, in partnership with the military and other service charities, ongoing training and support for the wounded.
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