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Holmes Chapel radio station’s funding appeal after covid hits income

The volunteer-run radio station that serves Holmes Chapel has broadcast an appeal for funds as it celebrated its third birthday.

Dane Sound Radio began broadcasting in March 2018. It is a non-profit voluntary group and provides a wide range of programmes, community shows, events and chat shows.

The station’s Marie Bennett said: “Throughout covid-19 we have supported community events with specialist programmes such as the U3A 10th anniversary, Scott Penlington Foundation Tournament and Goostrey Rose Day, and we help community groups, charities, events and businesses promote themselves all year round.”

But she added: “These are exceptionally challenging times for everyone. With all events and opportunities to fund-raise cancelled we find ourselves, in our biggest year of broadcasting, with a financial black hole.”

She said that running costs were still incurred, even through a national lockdown. At Dane Sound this included internet, licensing, insurance, website and marketing, broadcasting software, music, and equipment.

She said Cheshire Pet, Neon Freight and The Print Room had advertised on Dane Sound from the beginning, and “we thank them for their continued support”, along with local businesses supporting lockdown events. The station also receives funding from local groups, parish councils, the partnership, and not forgetting private donations.

She said: “Every donation helps – no matter how small or large! Donate via our website at danesound.com or email us at contact@danesound.com and arrange payment into our bank account or a cheque.

“You can also choose us as your local cause with the Co-op Local Community Fund.”
Businesses can support the station with advertising, sponsorship, or a donation.
Ms Bennett added: “We look forward to continuing to be a pivotal part of our community, offering a unique and valued community radio service in our area.”

To listen in and view the weekly schedule, visit danesound.com.

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