Duchess Theatre - Erewash Sound 50-hour Radiothon

Erewash Sound presenter Richard Dawson celebrated his 50th birthday with a 52-hour radio broadcast to raise money for the Hope Long Eaton and Every One Eats charities.

He also wanted to raise awareness about the fact that many of his listeners face loneliness.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness approximately 7.1% of people in Great Britain (3.83 million) experience chronic loneliness, meaning they feel lonely often or always.

Richard Dawson and Station Manager Jeff Martin

Erewash Sound community radio station is a social enterprise which means any money they make is put back into the community and Richard says community is at the heart of everything they do.

“it is all about community… people can come in, have a cuppa, and see live radio as it happens”

Richard Dawson, Erewash Sound Presenter

Richard added that after the pandemic he felt a need to take part in something that helped tackle the loneliness epidemic and support people who were facing months on end on their own.

He said he has made it his personal mission to try and help raise awareness of the fact people were struggling with isolation and this was the driving force for the radiothon.

“erewash sound is the link for those who are isolated”

                                  Richard Dawson, Erewash Sound Presenter

Richard spent 52 hours at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton broadcasting over the radio from Sunday 25th until Tuesday 27th of February.

After he completed the radiothon, he said on air that he had only 65 minutes of sleep in total throughout the three days.

Richard was also joined by former colleagues, BBC East Midlands Today reporter and presenter Emma Snow and Lewis Allsopp from BBC World Services.

While on air with Richard Emma expressed her gratitude to the radio station that inspired her to pursue a career in broadcasting.

Richard Dawson With BBC East Midlands Today, Emma Snow

By the time the radiothon was over, Richard had raised over £1500 for the charities, explaining that he chose these particular charities because they too are passionate about tackling loneliness within communities.

You can still donate to Richard and support the charities he is supporting by clicking the link here.