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Students Raise Over £1000 for Charity

Three Folkestone Academy students have raised £1,133 after completing a sponsored 6 hour marathon radio show on local radio station 105.9 Academy FM Folkestone, which is based in the school.

Year 9 students Sienna Barham, Libby Cornish and Holly Haestier have their own show at 2pm every Friday, but wanted to raise money for their Le Sailing Voyage trip taking place in July, along with charities UK Sepsis Trust and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

With the help from David Sharp, Station Manager and Kay McLoughlin, Sales Co-ordinator the girls were trained to phone round local businesses and use social media to raise money.

They presented a 6 hour show, during their live show they gave ‘shout outs’ to local businesses that had pledged money, and also carried out three live interviews with representatives of the charities being supported, and Aidan Willis from the Shepway Sports Trust who are organising Le Sailing Voyage. They completed the show at 6pm when the final amount was revealed.

Academy FM Station Manager Dave Sharp said: “The students did a fantastic job in raising money, presenting a marathon broadcast, and doing 3 live radio interviews. We had regular messages from listeners, and the support from local businesses and individuals was fantastic. All three interviewees commented on how professional the girls were, despite their young age”.

Wesley Carroll, Principal at Folkestone Academy comments: “We are hugely impressed by the achievements of Holly, Libby and Sienna, sustaining a demanding and truly marathon live radio show and raising an incredible amount for the charities. Many thanks to the wider community for their participation and support.”

Following their great efforts the girls would like to thank all the businesses that supported their event, Sienna comments: “This has been an amazing time and we are very grateful for all the donations we’ve received.”