Christmas FM, the seasonal charity radio station, has announced that it raised a whopping €360,000 during this year's fundraising show.
Every year, Christmas FM raises funds for a charity through listener donations, with 100% of all money pledged being passed on to the charity partner.
This year's fundraising was in aid of Focus Ireland. Last year, the station, which is run entirely by volunteers for 30 days over Christmas, raised €265,000 for the Make-a-Wish foundation.
Garvan Rigby, a co-founder of Christmas FM, said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s fundraising campaign and would like to thank everyone who helped to make this possible.
“We would like to thank all our loyal listeners for tuning in and donating so generously to this year’s chosen charity, Focus Ireland.”
The record fundraising amount brings the total raised since the station launched in 2008 to €1.25 million.
We have now raised over €1.25million for various charities since we began in 2008. Thank you!— Christmas FM (@christmasfm) January 10, 2017
Sinead Price, co-director of fundraising at Focus Ireland, said: “I would like to sincerely thank everyone at Christmas FM and the station’s loyal listeners who showed incredible support for our work to fight homelessness by raising over €360,000.
“The money raised exceeded all of our expectations and highlights the great work of the volunteers at Christmas FM and the amazing generosity of the public who dug deep to help us reach our goal to support over 300 families out of homelessness.
“This is a wonderful achievement and will change the lives of hundreds of families and children who can now escape the nightmare of homelessness and look forward to a more positive future in their own home, we are so thankful to Christmas FM, the BAI and to the public for their overwhelming support.