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Gateway 97.8 extends ‘On The Radio’ project to support vulnerable residents

23rd April 2020
Posted by Gateway 97.8

Local radio station, Gateway 97.8 has extended its special project in partnership with Basildon Round Table, called ‘On The Radio’ to help vulnerable local residents. Rotary East Thurrock are now also supporting the project.

The radio station has been distributing radios to residents who are over 70 and isolating. The free radios have the station, on 97.8FM, as a saved pre-set.

The project has been a huge success, so Gateway 97.8 is now partnering with Rotary East Thurrock, to extend the scheme beyond Basildon. The project has now been extended by an extra week to Friday 1st May, or until the station runs out of its limited supply.

This comes as millions of people have been asked to stay in their homes and self-isolate. Gateway 97.8 recognises that radio is a vital source of news information and companionship in these times. 

Station Director, Danny Lawrence, said:

“Gateway is delighted to extend this project for the people of East Thurrock, as well as Basildon. It is a lovely idea to reach so many more people. I would like to thank Basildon Round Table and Rotary East Thurrock for making this possible”

The station wants to ensure that as many vulnerable people have access to the radio. This opportunity has been supported by funding from the local community groups, Basildon Round Table and Rotary East Thurrock.

If you are interested, or know somebody who may be interested, please contact [email protected]. They may be given a free radio!

Gateway 97.8 can be heard on 97.8fm in Basildon and East Thurrock, on the Gateway 97.8 app or online at: