Two Harrogate Hospital Radio presenters – who went on a sponsored diet to raise money for the charity broadcaster – have been presented with a national award.
Last summer, Scott Wall and Shaun Gill set out to raise £3500 by each losing 35lbs to mark the radio station’s 35th anniversary.
The money the pair raised has been put towards refurbishing the second studio, which cost in excess of £12,000.
At the National Hospital Broadcasting Awards, the duo – who were nominated for Best Outside Broadcast – came away with a different trophy, that of Fundraiser of the Year 2013.
Last summer the pair – who called themselves the Dieting DJs – undertook a series of challenges, including running 35km between them on a treadmill, during a live broadcast from the town’s Nuffield Health & Fitness Centre.
They followed this up by another live outside broadcast at Harrogate’s Victoria Shopping Centre, where they upped their game and each power-walked 35km in six hours.
The 19-week challenge gained a huge following via social media, and the Dieting DJs smashed their target by more than £1,500.
50lb lighter, Shaun said:
It was great that so many people supported us during our fund-raising challenge and both Scott and I were overwhelmed by the encouragement and donations we received.
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Receiving this trophy at the awards night was a huge surprise to both of us. We couldn’t believe it when our names were called out. I too want to thank everyone who helped us not only reach our target, but beat it.
Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Ian Wighton said:
We are incredibly proud of Scott and Shaun.
The dedication and enthusiasm they put into the challenge was very commendable. It’s great that their efforts have been recognised at a national level.
Anyone wanting to find out more about the charity radio station, and the work it does, should contact Mr Wighton at the station on 01423 553 342.