NORTHERN Ireland Hospice will launch its biggest ever fundraising initiative this festive season – an all-new radio station warming up Christmas with a host of celebrity presenters playing classic songs.
The local charity that provides palliative care at Northern Ireland Hospice, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and in the community, will go live with Radio Lapland – which can be found on 103.2FM – from December 1 until December 26. NI Hospice is aiming to raise £250,000 in December to support its care work.
The organisation will also attempt to enter the charts with a song ‘It’s Christmas Time’, composed, performed and donated by Belfast band The VIPs. The song will be available to purchase on itunes and Amazon from November 17.
Radio Lapland will be based at Jennymount Business Park in north Belfast and will offer local businesses and organisations an opportunity to promote festive activities. It will also have celebrity hosts including former Coronation Street star and Northern Ireland football fanatic Charlie Lawson, BBC Northern Ireland’s Stephen Nolan and his mother ‘big Audrey’, sports presenter Adrian Logan, comedian Ruairi McSorely, actress Oliva Nash and presenter Sarah Travers.
Radio Lapland is supported by another local station, Blast106.
Shane Pearce, Blast106’s Breakfast Presenter and Station Director of Radio Lapland said: “Radio Lapland will change Christmas in Belfast forever! The station is a first of its kind for the city and promises to play continuous Christmas Classics on 103.2FM from December 1st. There will be choirs in the studio; there will be outside broadcasts too, and Radio Lapland will have big names hosting shows and popular guests throughout festive period.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and all for two great reasons – to celebrate Christmas and to help Northern Ireland Hospice continue to provide the highest quality palliavite care to local people in our hospices and in the community.”
The VIPs’ Dee Hunter, who wrote ‘It’s Christmas Time’ said: “The band were delighted to give their time and dedication to this song and we hope people will buy it with the knowledge that 100% of proceeds raised from sales will be donated to Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.”
- Radio Lapland has been licensed to broadcast on FM by communications regulator OFCOM from December 1st – 26th from studio premises in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is managed and hosted by Northern Ireland Hospice, and supported by Blast106. All proceeds raised by Radio Lapland, via fundraising initiatives, text-to-donate and public donations, will go to ensuring Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice continues to provide quality palliative care to local patients in hospice and in the Northern Ireland community.
Radio Lapland can be heard on 103.2FM and online, from December 1 until December 26, 2016.