As a beneficiary of Global radio’s ‘Make Some Noise’, Teens Unite were invited to be a part of their main fundraising day on Thursday 8th October. In just one day, Global radio raised slightly shy of £2 million for small charities across the UK, just like Teens Unite.
Global radio is home to some of the UK’s most loved stations including Capital FM, Heart FM, Radio X, Smooth, Classic FM and LBC. Each year, the stations join together to raise as much money as they possibly can to help change young lives.
Teens Unite were one of the fortunate charities that took part in the fundraising day, which kicked off bright and early in the morning when teens Leanne and Matt were interviewed live by Nick Ferrari on LBC’s breakfast show. They both spoke about how they have overcome their illness and how Teens Unite has supported them along the way.
Teens Unite met a host of presenters and celebrities throughout the day including Dave Berry, Lisa Snowdon, Emma Bunton and Elijah Wood. However, for Leanne, the best surprise of all came when she was being interviewed live by Stephen Mulhern and Emma Willis on Heart FM and they bought out her idol and music legend, Ed Sheeran for a meet and greet.
Leanne, 19, Dagenham was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last year. She said: “I was in such a shock that my face was priceless. I froze and was so surprised that Ed Sheeran was sitting right next to me! After the interview, there was time for some pictures and to speak to Ed and honestly he was the nicest, down to earth person! He asked where I was from and what university I was originally at and what I wanted to do next.
It was one of the best days I have ever had - it's rare that you are given the opportunity to be on live radio to support a great cause and then be surprised by one of your favourite artists. I am so grateful to Teens Unite for letting me speak for Global’s Make Some Noise and giving me such great memories that I will never forget!”
Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder has said: “Leanne and Matt spoke so well on the radio, sharing their stories and acting as fantastic ambassadors for Teens Unite. The staff at Global radio are so dedicated to supporting charities like Teens Unite and an incredible amount of hard work and dedication went in to organising their main fundraising day and raising such a huge amount of money. We would like to thank the team at Global radio for all of the opportunities they have presented to Teens Unite this year and we look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months.”