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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Wave 105 fills the Night Air with pop!

Thousands of music lovers partied by the beach over the weekend at Wave 105’s ‘Corona Night Air at the Piers.’

Friday night opened with energetic bubble-gum pop of Alexa Goddard, followed by a band bonanza of Loveable Rouges, Rixton – fresh from supporting Justin Bieber on his America tour –and Rizzle Kicks.

The wind and heavy skies didn’t darken the atmosphere: from the top floor of Urban Reef to the beach huts, every available surface was heaving with tweens, teens and families dancing and jumping with delight.

Rixton charmed the crowd with their cheeky chappy charisma and skill. Sigma followed with a club vibe – a booming atmospheric DJ set of dance classics and their own smash hits ‘Nobody To Love’ and ‘Changing’.

As the fireworks exploded and the planes zoomed overhead, the party mood kicked off for headliners Rizzle Kicks, who belted out crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser, backed by their band which included a fantastic live brass section.

Saturday night started with a more relaxed feel, perfectly kicked off by Jack Savoretti’s mellow voice. He was followed by New Yorker Nell Bryden, whose angelic voice was in complete contrast to the roar of the Typhoon that had just completed its fly past!

The Struts ramped up the energy with their colourful rocky set. Front man Luke Spiller had an infectious, charismatic stage presence and really got the crowd involved throughout, jumping into the throng to lead a joint rendition of ‘Rebel Rebel’. He then went on to convince Wave 105’s Mark Collins to conduct his interview with them on his hands and knees while he sat on Mark’s back!

Sophie Ellis Bextor played an eclectic mix of her disco classics and songs from her more folk-inspired new album, ‘Wanderlust’.

And Tony Hadley, accompanied by a full band, rounded off the night perfectly, with thousands of fans singing along to his repertoire of Spandau Ballet hits and covers. The evenings’ entertainment was a perfect complement to the air show.

Jon Brooks, commercial director at Wave 105, said: “Planes, fireworks and some of the best performers around – it doesn’t get much better than ‘Corona Night Air at the Piers’, and this year was greater than ever.

“We pride ourselves on putting on an event for all ages, so it was fantastic to watch thousands of people singing and dancing to hits from the 80s, 90s and today, after a jaw-dropping day of air displays. What a brilliant end to the summer.”

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.”