Community radio station expects a brighter future thanks to E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund
We were impressed by how well established Cross Rhythms is in the community that it serves, with its broadcast programme and its practical support for young people seeking employment. With the LED lighting now all in place and resulting lower energy bills we’re proud to have played our part in strengthening this charity’s future.
Applications open for £2,000 grant funding for charities and community groups
A charity which broadcasts over the airways to a population of 350,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme is benefiting from brighter and more energy efficient lighting after receiving £2,000 funding from E.ON to cover the cost of replacement LED lighting at its studio and office space.
The money was awarded through E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund following an application from Cross Rhythms City Radio, based in Hanley and which had been investigating ways to reduce its monthly energy bills. The new LED lighting is expected to save the charity more than £500 a year in running costs.
Cross Rhythms was the first community radio station to start broadcasting in the UK, in 2002, and since then it has grown with the help of 130 volunteers over a year promoting local events and news and profiling community organisations.
Rob Thompson, Business Relations Manager at Cross Rhythms, said: “We believe we give an important voice to the people of Stoke and Newcastle and we also work to help young people who might be struggling getting into employment. We provide accredited training and work experience at the station, providing an invaluable start to several careers each year.
“As a registered charity, we’re very fortunate in having 350 members of the public who donate to our cause annually but our running costs are high and we’re keen to drive these down where possible. The new LED lighting, fully funded for us by E.ON, will see us spending less on energy, leaving more to spend on our core activities which bring benefit to local people including our listeners.”
Billie-Jean Poole, Senior Community Relations Officer at E.ON, said: “Our business is about bringing tailored solutions to our customers, helping them to use only the energy they really need. And that’s what we’re trying to do too through our Energising Communities Fund, supporting charities which know what they need to do to boost their energy efficiency but lack the means to do it.
“We were impressed by how well established Cross Rhythms is in the community that it serves, with its broadcast programme and its practical support for young people seeking employment. With the LED lighting now all in place and resulting lower energy bills we’re proud to have played our part in strengthening this charity’s future.”
E.ON’s Energising Communities Fund is currently accepting applications for funding until Monday, 29th January 2018 from charities and not-for-profit community groups. To be considered for up to £2,000 of funding, applications must detail activities that help bring about a reduction in energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency advice for local people. Visit eonenergy.com/community for full Terms and Conditions and details of how to apply.
Since 2013, E.ON’s community funds have distributed more than £140,000 to over 80 community groups nationwide to fund energy-related projects, including £1,900 which was awarded in 2015 to Chesterton Community Forum to host a regular energy advice drop-in service. E.ON is also currently active across Staffordshire fitting smart meters into its customers’ homes and businesses.
E.ON customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they are able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.
Photo shows staff and volunteers at Cross Rhythms City Radio under the new LED lighting. Rob Thompson (quoted), is fourth from left.
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