It’s been a hard DJ’s night for JP

And luck­ily he wasn’t sleep­ing like a log as 24-hour marathon raises more than £1,400 for hos­pices

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Tom Smurth­waite

A DJ from Brook­lands Ra­dio hosted a 24-hour marathon broad­cast, rais­ing more than £1,400 for the Wok­ing & Sam Beare Hos­pices New Build Ap­peal.

James ‘JP’ Pearce, 24, from Wey­bridge, started broad­cast­ing at noon on Satur­day May 28, em­ploy­ing the help of show pro­ducer Alan Bos­son and a va­ri­ety of guests as the team went through the night.

The ra­dio sta­tion, based above the High Street li­brary in Wey­bridge, has sup­ported the Wok­ing & Sam Beare Hos­pices since the broad- caster launched in 2005.

The New Build ap­peal aims to raise £3.4 mil­lion to ren­o­vate hos­pices and also pro­vide care in a new build­ing in Goldsworth Park.

Speak­ing a few days later, JP re­flected on the mo­ment the broad­cast came to an end at noon on the Sun­day.

“There was a great sense of re­lief. I couldn’t be­lieve we had done it,” he said.

“I’d been awake for around 30 hours so was quite emo­tional due to tired­ness. It was quite hard to hold it all to­gether and not burst into tears on air, al­though it would have made for bet­ter ra­dio.”

JP ad­mit­ted he had doubts be­fore­hand.

“It was amaz­ing to be able to do it,” he said. “The re­sponse from ev­ery­one was great – lo­cal busi­nesses, peo­ple I’d never met be­fore, and the Sur­rey Advertiser.

“It was lovely to see ev­ery­one come to­gether to help the hos­pices.”

When JP is not DJing at Brook­lands Ra­dio on Satur­day af­ter­noons he is a year 3 teacher at Thames Dit­ton Ju­nior School.

“At around 11.40am on Sun­day eight of my class and their par­ents joined the show. To have the chil­dren be part of it and share their ex­cite­ment was lovely, and a bit of a shock, but they were well be­haved and seemed to en­joy them­selves.

“We did a Face­book Live video of them bounc­ing around the stu­dio. It was lovely for them.”

The hard­est part was 3am4am, JP said, but the sun com­ing up gave them a sec­ond wind.

Show pro­ducer Alan Bos­son kept the DJ on his toes, and oc­ca­sion­ally played a few songs to give JP a break.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded the Mayor of Elm­bridge, Coun­cil­lor Tan­nia Ship­ley, his former Olympic cy­clist and RideLon­don or­gan­iser Mick Ben­nett, and the former Cap­i­tal Ra­dio break­fast pre­sen­ter Gra­ham Dene.

“Alan did a great job. In the fi­nal six hours we had more guests and it went quite quickly,” JP said.

“I had about five break­fasts as all the vis­i­tors brought some­thing in, and the do­na­tions and emails kept us all go­ing.”

The tar­get was £500, but they raised more than £1,400.

“The 24-hour broad­cast was by far the big­gest chal­lenge I have taken on but I was ex­tremely proud to do so for such a won­der­ful cause,” JP said. “Wok­ing & Sam Beare Hos­pices do an amaz­ing job car­ing for their pa­tients and the New Build Ap­peal will help them to con­tinue do­ing this.

To do­nate visit www.just­giv­ing.com/BR24.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the New Build Ap­peal go to www.ws­b­hos­pices. co.uk/about/new-buil­dap­peal/.

Dar­ren Pepe EN161754

Who needs sleep any­way? The Mayor of Elm­bridge, Tan­nia Ship­ley, with pro­ducer Alan Bos­son and DJ James Pearce at Brook­lands Ra­dio in Wey­bridge.

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