Christmas FM raises €400,000 for Barretstown

Paul Shepherd, Co-founder of Christmas FM, presents the €400,000 cheque to Barretstown CEO Dee Ahearn

Christmas FM, the seasonal radio station that has become a massive part of the season in Ireland every December, has published its tally for 2019. A massive €412,021 was raised this time out, on behalf of Christmas FM's current charity partner, Barretstown.

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21 January 2020 | 0

Christmas FM, the seasonal radio station that over the years has become Ireland’s unofficial soundtrack to the festive season, has announced that it has raised €412,021 for Barretstown, its chosen charity for 2019.

Christmas FM’s original goal to raise funds of €250,000 would have allowed Barretstown to ‘press play’ on over 850 days of life changing programmes for seriously ill children. However following tremendous support from the public and from commercial sponsors, Christmas FM has surpassed targets and can now fund over 1,400 days at Barretstown Castle in Co. Kildare. Through these specially-designed camps and programmes, Barretstown brings back the fun of childhood by helping children affected by serious illness to ‘press play’ on childhood again.

The 2019 fundraising figure brings to over €2.25 million the total amount of funds Christmas FM has raised for a range of charities since its inception in 2008. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations go directly to the charity partner. The station is run each year by the team and more than 100 volunteers on-air, who devote hundreds of hours of their time.

Paul Shepherd, Co-founder of Christmas FM, said he is delighted to have raised the sum of €412,021 this year. “We would like to thank all of our loyal listeners who tuned in and donated so generously to Barretstown this year,” said Shepherd. “We’re also thankful to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for granting us the license to broadcast and our premier FM sponsors for the year: Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post.”

Paul Shepherd also thanked the Ballsbridge Hotel for providing a base for Christmas FM. “We are also so grateful to the team as well as the volunteers who help make Christmas FM happen by assisting with the day to day running of the station,” he said.

To learn more about the work of Barretstown, visit www.barretstown.org.

 

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