This year, Galaxy Radio are hosting their ninth 69-hour broadcast in aid of Leicester Marrow – part of UK blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan.

For the event, the station broadcasts a broad range of content constantly for just under three days.

Presenters are encouraged to be as creative as possible and to produce a show they wouldn’t usually air.

Some of this year’s shows include Sexpression’s Sextravaganza!, The Red Top Review, The Fake News Show, Galaxy Radio Does Countdown, LUTheatre, That K-Pop Show, Rule Bradannia!, Flame Grilled Super Hot Dungeons & Dragons, Eben’s Film Evening, Band & Gig, UOL Quidditch Club, eSport eXtravaganza and Predrinks with Perkins.

Last year’s shows included H. P. Lovecraft Reading, 36 Questions to Love, Exec Murder Mystery, The Galaxy Factor and Let’s Talk Sex.

A few committee members usually sleep in the studio overnight and work long hours to ensure the broadcast is a success.

Last year, Galaxy Radio set an original target of £420 but exceeded expectations, raising £930 for Bloodwise, making it the station’s most successful year for the broadcast. As a result, the society was awarded Fundraising Group of the Year by the Student Union.

Student volunteering society, Leicester Marrow, supports Anthony Nolan which saves the lives of people with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, by matching them to people willing to donate their bone marrow or blood stem cells for a lifesaving transplants.

Formed in 1997, Marrow is a student volunteering network in over 50 universities across the UK and has recruited over 85,000 potential donors for the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.

Henry Lavender, Station Manager of Galaxy Radio, said: “I am very excited to build on last year’s success with our upcoming marathon. We’ve really pulled out all the stops to make 2018 our best broadcast yet and raise as much money as possible for Anthony Nolan.”

Holly Gooch, President of Leicester Marrow, said: “I got involved with Marrow because I wanted to create a legacy for a friend who died of Leukaemia. It’s in her name that I sign-up as many potential lifesavers as possible. If one of those people goes on to donate, although it won’t change the fact that she died, it may mean that, because of her loss, other people are able to live.

“We’re all so grateful that Galaxy Radio are doing their fundraising marathon in aid of Anthony Nolan. It costs roughly £60 to sign someone up to the Anthony Nolan register, and every person that is signed up is a potential lifesaver. Therefore, every penny raised goes towards giving someone a second chance at life, and we’re so thankful that the lovely people at Galaxy Radio are helping us get ever closer to being able to save everyone that needs a stem cell transplant.”

Galaxy Radio’s 69-Hour Marathon begins at 3pm on Friday 16th February and runs until 12pm Monday 19th February.

You can listen to Galaxy Radio via this link: galaxymedia.org.uk/radio 

Donate at:  justgiving.com/fundraising/galaxyradio2018

You can listen to Galaxy Radio on TuneIn: tunein.com/radio/Galaxy-Radio-Leicester-s285829

Galaxy Radio will be streaming the broadcast live on Facebook Live on our FB page: facebook.com/GalaxyRadioLeicester

Brad Harper

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