Help For Heroes radio day smashes £180,000

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MONEY can’t buy tickets, donations signed by the world’s biggest popstars and exclusive backstage tours are still up for grabs as Real Radio’s Help For Heroes fundraiser smashes past £180,000, writes Graham Walker.

For the third year the station dedicated all its programming to the charity for Britain’s injured servicemen and women.

Help For Heroes: Real Radio breakfast show presenter Dixie helped to pull a lorry as part of the station's fundraising day.

Help For Heroes: Real Radio breakfast show presenter Dixie helped to pull a lorry as part of the station's fundraising day.

Fundraising events includes breakfast stars Dixie and Gayle involved in pulling a truck four miles from Leeds to Real Radio in Tingley, with help from staff from four Mercedes Northside Truck and Van branches.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch breakfast show presenter Dixie and other volunteers pulling the truck, as Gayle cheered them on in the cab

In 2009 and 2010 listeners donated a total of over half a million pounds.

And there’s still time to smash last year’s record.

American Idol tickets with flights and accommodationItem condition, a white Stig helmet signed by the stars of TV’s Top Gear, One Dirtection concert tickets, a mini cruise for two and much more is still available as part of a massive E-bay auction.

Deadlines for many items don’t close until next week.

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You can also make a donation online, text £5 donations to 70900 and hear stories of some of the service heroes the charity has helped.

GMG Radio Group Programme Director John Simons said: “To meet many of the injured service men and women that receive help and support from Help for Heroes is a very humbling experience. This is a very poignant time when we have all been thinking about the war on terror, and listeners to our Real and Smooth stations across the UK have shown amazing support for Help for Heroes, so we are delighted to be raising money for them again.”

Real Radio Yorkshire is attracting more adult listeners than any time in the last four years, with 360,000 adult listeners tuning in every week, up 62,000 on last year, according to industry figures release by RAJAR.

Steve South, Managing Director of Real Radio Yorkshire said; “In an increasingly tough and heavily populated market place we are delighted to be showing such growth as others falter. The Real Radio Breakfast Show with Dixie and Gayle remains the flagship show.”