Sunderland’s “Desert Island Discs” raises £11,000 for heroes

BROADCAST ... Students from ESPA at Sunderland Radio.
BROADCAST ... Students from ESPA at Sunderland Radio.
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SUNDERLAND’S answer to Desert Island Discs welcomed some charity champions.

Band Autism4Heroes has managed to raise a whopping £11,600 in nine months for Help for Heroes, which helps injured service personnel.

In recognition of their efforts the group, based at Education and Service for People with Autism (ESPA) College in Ashbrooke, were invited to take part in a programme with Radio Sunderland for Hospitals.

The MyTunes programme has welcomed a variety of guests over the years from footballers, bands and business people to police and clergy.

Radio Sunderland public relations officer, Pauline Phillips, said: “This has only been possible due to the ideas, support and hard work of Radio Sunderland volunteers.

“Our most recent guests were the band Autism4Heroes. The young people entertained the volunteers who were recording the programme with their stories about how much they have enjoyed the experience of recording their own song and fund-raising for Help For Heroes.”

Autism4Heroes project leader Jak Dixon said: “All the young people in the band have autism, I am so proud of what they have achieved and I know that they are really enjoying the whole experience.

“Apart from increasing their confidence and social skills, they have had a lot of fun along the way.

“They love the fact that they are helping the heroes.

“The group also feel that the nurses in hospital are also heroes in the role they have in caring for the listeners in hospital.”

The programme will be broadcast to patients’ bedside units soon.

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