‘Rock god’ and radio presenter Rick Wakeman, who has been in the music industry since the 70’s, visited the head office of leisure services group Praesepe in Milton Keynes, today (8th September), making a special guest appearance on the group’s customer radio station Jackpot FM.
The station is listened to by thousands of people every day in the group’s family of eight Beacon Bingo clubs, 145 Cashino adult gaming centres and several family entertainment centres across the country.
During his time on air, Rick spoke about his career and also applauded customers and staff for their efforts in helping to raise over £500,000 for CHIPS – a charity founded by the UK gaming industry.
CHIPS aims to improve the lives of young people with severe mobility problems by providing them with specialised custom built powered wheelchairs.
Earlier this year Cashino and Beacon Bingo reached the important landmark 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 his visit, Rick Wakeman said: “I was delighted to visit Jackpot FM! It was a day well spent meeting the team and engaging with the listeners. It was also an opportunity to highlight the amazing efforts staff and customers have gone through to raise money for CHIPS – it’s such a great cause.”
Chris Drake, Head of Interactive for Praesepe, added: “Having Rick Wakeman with us has been great and our staff and customers have loved listening to him live on Jackpot FM. Rick did a fantastic job of thanking colleagues and customers who work so hard to raise money for CHIPS.”
In his early sessions, Rick Wakeman played for David Bowie, and for other artists such as T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. In 1970, he became a member of ‘Strawbs’, joining ‘Yes’ a year later and becoming part of the band’s most successful and influential albums. In 1973, Rick began his solo career, starting his rock band ‘The English Rock Ensemble’, which he continues to perform with.
Over the course of his career, Rick has made over 90 solo albums and appeared numerous times on television and radio. Recently, he’s become well known for his contributions to the BBC comedy series ‘Grumpy Old Men’ and for his radio show on ‘Planet Rock’ which was broadcast from 2005 to 2010.