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East Leeds FM raised £520 from 23 supporters


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Closed 30/06/2020

raised of £450 target by 23 supporters

    Weʼve raised £520 to buy radios for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Funded on Tuesday, 30th June 2020

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    Help us continue with our objective: to provide radios to those who are vulnerable and living without internet access during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Community Engagement Worker, Kiran from the Recovery Hub in East Leeds.

    East Leeds FM (ELFM) has been responding to the coronavirus lockdown in a unique and powerful way. We are always looking for the best means to support our community in an ever-changing landscape and our response to Covid-19 is no exception. ELFM (as part of Chapel FM Arts Centre) has played a vital role in keeping older people in East Leeds connected and informed during this unprecedented time. We would like to do everything we can to reach those who are most at risk. We believe radio is an important life-line for an older generation who must not be forgotten.

    ELFM recently teamed up with Seacroft Friends & Neighbours to distribute radios:

    The older residents in Seacroft are so uplifted by the fact that they can now turn on their radios and hear people from their own neighbourhoods talking in such a direct way. What ELFM is doing really brings some good cheer and a sense that we’re all in this together. It’s also such a treat for people to receive these lovely radios as unexpected gifts."

    Kate Taverner, Seacroft Friends and Neighbours .

    In April ELFM became one of only three UK community radio stations that was granted by OFCOM a special temporary broadcasting licence during the coronavirus epidemic. This allowed the team to broadcast at 94.6 FM to communicate vital information, entertainment and local stories, to the people of East Leeds. Since then, we’ve been running a one-of-a-kind daily radio show called ‘Keeping a Distance, Staying Close’ each weekday from 6:45am to 4:30pm (along with a variety of other unique programmes later on in the day).

    It has been so nice to listen to these broadcasts, they make these long days so much shorter. I have been in the flat which I love for 8 weeks now."

    East Leeds resident Pearl Allen.

    These local ELFM radio programmes have been collecting the sounds of our city in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown. Broadcasting on FM has allowed us to share information from other organisations in Leeds; offering support on a variety of issues such as mental health, ageism, women’s aid, recovery hubs etc. We also take song requests, shout outs and dedications to family members encouraging listeners to reconnect with their loved ones. Our station acts as a companion to those feeling extremely isolated and alone during this period. We want to ensure that those who need support are reached.

    Staff from Seacroft Green Care Centre.

    Your donation will allow us to continue purchasing radios for people who would benefit from a connection to the outside world during lockdown. We have already donated more than a dozen radios to care homes, charities and individuals in our community. Every £30 will give us the opportunity to deliver a radio and build a relationship with a local resident. We also hope to sustain these relationships beyond lockdown.

    For more information about East Leeds FM please visit our website and find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

    Thank you & take care,

    East Leeds FM Team



    • East Leeds FM 4 years ago
      East Leeds FM

      East Leeds FM

      4 years ago

      Once again we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved in our radio initiative. We are continuing to give out the last of our radios. The donation page will remain live until the end of the month. Pearl (on the right) is always so lovely to speak to over the phone and she received one of your kindly donated radios last week. Irene (on the left) is a wonderful volunteer with Seacroft Friends & Neighbours and is a very worthy recipient.

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    • East Leeds FM 4 years ago
      East Leeds FM

      East Leeds FM

      4 years ago

      A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Last week ELFM delivered lots of radios to those living without internet access. ELFM surprised Marina (on the right) for her birthday and she was delighted to receive messages from loved ones via our show through her new vintage radio. Anne (on the left) loves listening to our Sunday Service and received a radio from Fall Into Place Theatre. Anne had her own radio for over thirty years and really appreciated the upgrade!

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    • Jim Dye

      Jim Dye

      Jun 17, 2020

      What a good idea


    • Geoff and Margaret Yapp

      Geoff and Margaret Yapp

      Jun 7, 2020

      Just carry on the great work you are doing!


    • Andy Wood

      Andy Wood

      Jun 2, 2020

      Lovely initiative :)


    • Anonymous


      Jun 2, 2020

      Great work guys : )

    • Jake


      Jun 2, 2020

      To hit the target!


    • Anonymous


      May 24, 2020

    • Anonymous


      May 21, 2020

      Great idea! 😀


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    Under normal circumstances, ELFM is a thriving digital community radio station that streams online as part of Chapel FM Arts Centre in Seacroft. Our venue has state of the art radio studios, theatre space for live performances and a community café.

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