26 Live on Air for Southport Radio DJ
A SOUTHPORT radio presenter is finally off air after a grueling 26 hour live charity broadcast which has seen him raise an impressive £1,000 for Queenscourt Hospice.
Former news reader and Mighty FM presenter Andrew Hegarty, 33, decided to take on the unusual challenge in memory of resort woman Kayleigh Hayes who died of bowel cancer in 2013.
She was cared for by nurses at Queenscourt Hospice and Andrew, who is close friends with Kayleigh’s mum Jackie Cockwill, decided he wanted to give something back to the Town Lane based service.
The show, which took place over Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29, saw Andrew take command of the Mighty FM studio for 26 hours with his fellow presenting team taking it in turns to help co-present the show.
Special guests including Jackie, fundraisers from Queenscourt and local councillors came on to be interviewed.
Andrew said: “All the proceeds went to Queenscourt Hospice in memory of a girl called Kayleigh Hayes who died of bowel cancer in 2013 aged 23.
“The show started at 8am on Friday and ended at 10am on Saturday and I hosted the whole thing straight through with no breaks!
“Lots of the presenters from Mighty came in to co-present for an hour or two.
“Cllr. Richard Hands came in to be interviewed for an hour while we also spoke to Jackie and Carolyn Gorman, Head of Fundraising at Queenscourt.
“Paulo Nugent from Twelve Restaurant on Princes St brought lots of food to the studio after the restaurant had closed to keep me going through the night.
“Originally we had a target of £500 which we raised before I even went on-air on Friday morning!
“We’re now at £1000 and if you’d like to donate you can visit virginmoneygiving.com/andrewhegartyradio.”
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