Stafford’s only full time community radio station, Stafford FM, has received a cheque from the Stafford Round Table.
The “not for profit” organisation were in need of raising money to pay for their recently acquired studio, and alongside a County Council funding grant, the Stafford & District Round Table stepped up and handed over £500 to ensure the team landed their dream studio from Free Radio.
The cheque was presented to the Director’s of Stafford FM during a presentation evening, recently held at the Swan, where over 20 other charitable groups and organisations received money totalling £10,000.
Jon Gerrard, Stafford Round Table Secretary, was delighted to help out the volunteers at the radio station, “The round table has always been supportive of charities and community groups, dishing out thousands of pounds each year, but we really want the community to see what we’re really about.” He went on to say, “We are a social group that happens to raise money for charities, it’s not about funny handshakes. We’re grateful of the work that is done by these brilliant organisations in our area.”
Some of the other beneficiaries on the night included South Staffordshire’s Headway, the Stafford & Stone Schools Sports Partnership and a local child bereavement charity.
Stafford FM’s programme controller, Stu Haycock, says, “These guys really do a great job. They’re a young and vibrant group of lads that do some tremendous work within the community, and we’re thrilled to bits that they have helped us out. We’ll continue to support them in anyway we can.” He also said, “The £500 has given our 40 plus volunteers the opportunity to produce shows in a fully kitted out professional working environment.”
The Stafford & District Round Table consists of just over 10 members, and are actively recruiting young males under the age of 41. They guarantee some good social fun, and an important part of helping to raise funds for local charities and community groups.