Listeners of BBC Radio
Bristol smashed the £1 million appeal for Babe's Big Appeal.
A 12 hour on-air marathon, hosted by Radio Bristol's John Turner,
took place throughout the day.
Meanwhile, other Radio Bristol presenters raced around
the area, each on different modes of transport, to collect money from
listeners- literally, bringing home the bacon!
At 5.00pm (Wednesday 8 December) John Turner announced the £1
million mark had been reached and by 6.00pm the total had been smashed.
The total is a whopping £1,116,043 and the money
is still coming in.
Back in April, Radio Bristol - with the help of its listeners across
the region - pledged to raise £1 million by the end of the year.
The money raised is to go towards Babe's Big Appeal
to build a Children's Hospice in the South West.
There are 800 families in the area that have children
with life limiting illnesses that mean they will never reach adulthood.
The Children's Hospice South West works to care for
the whole family in a home-from-home environment where they can have
happy memories, respite and terminal care.
Throughout the marathon broadcast, listeners were asked to take part
in a number of activities, including pitching Bristol-based soap opera
ideas to a script editor from EastEnders.
Other events organised this year by Radio Bristol for
the appeal include a golf day, where sports producer Geoff Twentyman
and 20 other golfers played 54 holes in 16 hours, and the Bristol Shoguns
holding their own 'pig nic'.
Andrew Wilson, Head of Local and Regional Programming at BBC Bristol,
said: "Babe's Big Appeal demonstrates what's
so very special about BBC Radio Bristol listeners.
"They are passionate about contributing positively
to their local community and this appeal has brought together individuals
and groups like never before.
"Babe has really captured the imagination.
"Every single member of staff
at Radio Bristol played a huge part in making the Babe Appeal work so
successfully and imaginatively on air; it's been a life-changing experience
for all of us."