The Wave 105 Cash for Kids team is thrilled to announce that through the generosity of its supporters, an amazing £5,260 has been raised towards the Rainbow Centre’s crisis appeal.

Eight weeks ago the Rainbow Centre, Fareham, issued an urgent appeal to raise £150,000 in order to stay open. As a result of the recession the centre had been left with no cash reserves and without these funds would be forced to close its doors. In response to the appeal, Wave 105 Cash for Kids launched its own on-air appeal where listeners were encouraged to ring in or text and donate.

Following all of the fundraising activities £180,000 was raised enabling the Rainbow Centre to stay open.

Gloria Hill, Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “We are delighted that our supporters and station listeners have helped to raise such a fantastic amount for the Rainbow Centre. The charity receives no government funding so relies solely on donations.  There are so many children and families that rely on the fantastic work the Rainbow Centre team do, so it’s wonderful that they’re going to be able to continue to benefit from its services. We’re so pleased that Wave 105 Cash for Kids has helped to be a part of keeping this wonderful centre open.”

Started in 1990, the Rainbow Centre inspires and supports children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, as well as adults who have MS, Parkinson’s or are recovering from a stroke or head injury. The charity serves Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Centre director, Lara Bull, said: “We have been humbled by the level and speed of response not only from the community and local businesses but especially from the local TV and radio.  Wave 105 responded immediately to our plea for help by offering to promote the appeal on its first day through their station.  Whilst the cheque presented by Wave 105 was for £5,260, so many donations came direct to the centre as a result of hearing about us on their station that I believe the true figure goes ways beyond that.  We are incredibly grateful as it gave us a platform to reach the public that we could have only dreamt of.”