Radio legend ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton, who has been in the radio industry for 57 years, visited the headquarters of leisure services group Praesepe in Milton Keynes today (28 July) to appear live on the group’s customer radio station, Jackpot FM.
Broadcasting across the group’s eight Beacon Bingo Clubs, 145 Cashino adult gaming centres and a number of seaside family entertainment centres, he spoke about his career in radio and praised customers and staff for their efforts in helping to raise over £500,000 for CHIPS – a charity founded by the UK gaming industry which provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.
Earlier this year Cashino and Beacon Bingo reached the significant milestone of presenting 100 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since they began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.
Commenting on the visit, ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton said: “I have really enjoyed today – meeting the team and engaging with the listeners. In particular, it has been great recognising staff and the customers that raise money for CHIPS – such a worthy cause.
Chris Drake, Head of Interactive for Cashino and Beacon Bingo, said: “David Hamilton has been great today and our staff and customers have loved listening to him live on Jackpot FM. David did a fantastic job of thanking colleagues and customers who work so hard to raise money for CHIPS, which is so important as the money is going to such a good cause which does so much for disadvantaged children.”
‘Diddy’ David Hamilton started his broadcasting career in 1959 with the British Forces Network in Germany, and has hosted over 12,000 radio programmes and more than 1,000 TV shows. He got the nickname ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton which was given to him by the famous British comedian Ken Dodd. Currently, he is regularly heard on BBC Radio Devon, BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey.