Big bidders for Wave 105 Cash for Kids auction

Wave 105 listeners and supporters of the station’s charity, Cash for Kids, have so far helped to raise more than £27,000 through the annual Cash for Kids auction day.

Listeners were given the opportunity to call in to place their bids throughout the day on many ‘money can’t buy’ items, with new items being auctioned off every hour.

The top bids included: £1,500 on a F1 Grand Prix qualifying day, £800 for Andy Mackenzie to cook in the lucky bidder’s home for eight people, and £1,100 on tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015.

While the on-air auction is now closed, the online auction remains open until 8pm on Thursday October 16. There are plenty of items up for grabs including: a signed CD from 5 Seconds of Summer, signed photos of Kian from Westlife and Sam Smith, four tickets to take part in a ghost walk at Wymering in Hampshire, a rib boat ride for up to six people, and six tickets to see Wicked at The Mayflower in Southampton.

Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, says: “We all had a fantastic day yesterday and the phone was ringing off the hook. Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our charity supporters and Wave 105 listeners, this year was no exception.

“The on-air auction may be over for this year, but there is still chance to grab an exciting prize online. All money raised from both parts of the auction will go towards supporting children and adolescents in our region.”

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All set to raise funds for Cash for Kids

On Thursday October 9, the Wave 105 Cash for Kids team will take over the station’s airwaves for its annual on-air and online charity auction.

Each year a full-day of airtime is dedicated to the auction, where listeners have the opportunity to call in to place their bids every hour on many ‘money can’t buy’ prizes. In 2013, charity bidders donated almost £33,000.

The Cash for Kids team has begun securing some fantastic prizes for this year’s auction including:

–          ‘Christmas lights in the West End of London’ package. The top bidder will be picked up by Bently Hampshire and driven in luxury to the Ritz, where they will enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea before being driven home again.

–          A half-day skippered Rib Ride for up to eight people, courtesy of Bembridge Powerboat training.

–          A face-to-face experience with a Ring Tailed Coati, plus a family annual membership to Marwell Zoo, donated by the team at Marwell.

–          Family pantomime ticket for ‘Box E’ with a meet and greet after the show at the King’s Theatre Southsea.

–          A weekend hire of a Breeze Volkswagen campervan with two paddleboards from SUP Inflatables, two tickets to a wine tour and tasting from Furleigh Estate, with a bottle of Furleigh’s sparkling wine to wash it all down with.

Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, said: “Every year our listeners and charity supporters are extremely generous with their bids. Activities such as this one are key for us as a charity to ensure we continue to raise vital funds for the children and adolescents that we support within the region.

“We’re always very fortunate to be given so many prizes to auction each year, so in addition to our on-air day we place many prizes online for listeners and supporters to continue bidding on. Hopefully, this year will be bigger and better than ever before!

Established in 2008, the charity supports local children across the Wave 105 listener area under the age of 18 who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged.

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Wooden spoons at the ready for Wave 105 Cash for Kids

With the nation going baking crazy following the return of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Wave 105 Cash for Kids is encouraging people across the south to stage their very own bake off on Sunday August 24.

The charity is partnering with kitchen appliance specialist, Kenwood, to hold it’s first-ever ‘Big Bake Day’ to raise funds for underprivileged and disadvantaged children in the area.

Gloria Hill, Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager said: “We’re asking families, friends and workplaces to come together to bake, have fun and sell their creations in aid of Cash for Kids.

“The Big Bake Day is the perfect opportunity to bring our communities together in a wholesome and fun way that reflects the UK’s current obsession with baking muffins, victoria sponges and tarts, plus the added bonus of helping and supporting underprivileged and disadvantaged children.”

Seb Goff, trade marketing manager for Kenwood added: “We are extremely excited to be involved in the ‘Big Bake Day’ and it has been made even more special by benefiting such a fantastic local charity. We hope that the money raised will go some way to helping many local children.”

To get involved with The Big Bake Day, Wave 105 Cash for Kids is asking supporters to organise a cake sale, either with friends and family, in their place of work or at local community centres. Those interested in signing up for the campaign are invited to register online at where fundraising materials and posters are available for download, plus a mouth-watering selection of recipes from Kenwood for those new to baking or in need of some inspiration.

Donations can be made online via the dedicated Big Bake Day web page or by texting WAVE to 70070 to donate £2. All funds will be given to Cash for Kids and there are no additional charges for the message. Cash and cheques can be hand delivered to the station.

Wave 105 Cash for Kids helps Rainbow Centre to stay open

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.”

Wave 105 Cash for Kids pedal power!


The team from Wave 105 Cash for Kids is thrilled with the latest addition to its team… a pedal car! The mean machine has been donated to the charity by supporter, Lorraine Kitcher, and it will be raced in the Ringwood Pedal Car Grand Prix this coming Sunday July 13.

Every two years local businesses, organisations and charities dust off their pedal cars and get practicing for the Pedal Car Grand Prix event. This year, Wave 105’s afternoon presenter, Simon Clarke, will be the first to take to the driving seat with a team of the station’s listeners.

Wave 105 Cash for Kids is currently renovating the car, giving it a lease of new life in the Wave 105 brand colours.

Gloria Hill, Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “We are so excited to finally have our own pedal car! Every year we borrow one, but this time we’ve been told that we can keep this car for the next event. It’s thanks to the generosity of supporters like Lorraine that we can take part in events such as this one. It’s a great way for us to have a presence in the local area to raise the profile of our charity and the work that it does.”