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Radio station calls on crowd support

The Koast Radio team.

The Koast Radio team.

A community radio station in south east Northumberland is turning its attention to improving its base.

Koast Radio is located at the North Seaton Community Centre, where the kitchen has seen better days after years of use.

Now volunteers at Koast have thrown their weight behind a project to get the facility a much needed new kitchen using a crowd funding website.

Koast has been based at the community centre since September 2013.

Now the volunteers have joined forces and launched a project at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/community-centre-kitchen-refit.

The website will go live on Friday, February 21.

A spokesman for the group said: “This is an internet-based platform helping to generate support for projects, by giving the crowd the opportunity to invest in an idea they believe in.

“The build a kitchen project goes live on Crowdfunder on February 21, with links to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites with the aim of raising £3,500.

“However, in order for this to be a success the stipulation with crowdfunder is that 100 per cent of the funds need to be raised.”

If the full amount is successfully raised, the radio station plans to hold a celebratory party to say thank you to those who have helped.

The public can get involved by pledging cash and getting a reward for it, for example, £5 gets the pledger a unique request on their favourite show, £25 gets a t-shirt, £100 gets a sit in with football legend Malcolm Macdonald from The Three Legends’ show, and for businesses, £200 gets a month of advertising.

Koast was granted its full FM licence by OFCOM in December 2013, and will be live later this year over the frequency.

The station currently broadcasts via the internet.

 

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