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