Gift of digital radio comes to Woking charity

A volunteer for a local Woking charity, The Lighthouse, which helps families affected by poverty, will have her journey brightened up by in car digital radio when she is providing transport for families attending The Lighthouse’s annual Christmas Day lunch.

Christian faith-based broadcaster, Premier Christian Radio, has teamed up with radio manufacturer, Pure, to upgrade volunteer Mandy Pennels’ Kia c’eed to receive digital radio stations through fitting a Pure Highway 400 digital radio adapter at Halfords in Byfleet this morning.  With the Pure Highway in her car, Ms Pennels will be able to listen to Premier Christian Radio on DAB digital radio, as well as sister stations, Premier Praise and Premier Gospel, along with over 50 stations in Surrey.

Ms Pennels is part of the team at The Lighthouse providing a Christmas Day lunch and picking up participants so that they do not miss out. As well as the adapter in Ms Pennels’ car, Pure have also donated a number of digital radios as presents for the people having lunch at The Lighthouse.

Ms Pennels, who lives in Woking, said: “The Lighthouse does brilliant work and it’s very rewarding to be able to help them by getting families to the lunch. I love listening to the radio, and it’s great that I can now listen to even more stations, like Premier Praise, especially at Christmas, in my car.”

Catherine Marsden, Premier, said: “The Lighthouse does such important work, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year in the community by running a foodbank, and a non-profit coffee shop, and they help so many families. They are a charity that believes in showing God’s love in practical ways and we are very happy that they are part of our annual Christmas Alone initiative.”

Sophie Spooner, Senior Communications Manager,  Pure, said: “Mandy is doing a fantastic job helping so many families, especially at this often difficult time of year, so donating a digital radio adapter for her car is Pure’s way of appreciating her dedictaion. We are also delighted to give the gift of digital radio this Christmas for a number of the famlies that The Lighthouse supports.”

Premier Christian Radio and Pure are among the partners participating in an in car digital radio pilot scheme which aims to help listeners in Surrey upgrade their car to digital radio, currently being coordinated by Digital Radio UK. The scheme is being supported by Surrey’s popular local broadcasters, including BBC Radio Surrey, Heart Surrey, Eagle Radio, Jack Surrey and Premier Praise, who are letting listeners know where and how they can get digital radio in their car in Surrey in special promotions and features.

The Lighthouse provides support for the local community, working with volunteers, groups, and local businesses, to create many innovative projects including a foodbank and toybank, cookery classes, bread-making, and supporting out-of-work women into employment.

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