Radio legend Tony Blackburn, who celebrated 50 years of broadcasting last year, visited Milton Keynes-based Cashino Gaming and Beacon Bingo yesterday to broadcast live on its customer radio station, Jackpot FM. He also prasied staff and customers for their efforts in helping to raise nearly £500,000 for CHIPS – a charity founded by the casino and gaming industry which provides specialised powered wheelchairs for young people with severe mobility problems.
Taking time out of his busy schedule Tony was live on air from 14:00 for two hours. Broadcasting across the 9 Beacon Bingo Clubs, 150 Cashino adult gaming centres and a number of seaside family entertainment centres he spoke about his career in radio and provided ‘shout outs’ to customers and staff regarded as top CHIPS fundraisers.
Cashino and Beacon Bingo have so far raised nearly £500,000 and presented over 81 custom built wheelchairs to children up and down the country since they began working with the CHIPS charity in 2005.
Commenting on the visit Tony Blackburn said;
“Today has been great and I believe organisations which dedicate time to raising money for such deserving charities, such as CHIPS, should certainly receive recognition for their efforts and I hope my visit has helped to raise awareness of this fantastic accomplishment by Cashino and Beacon Bingo.”
Phil Gibbs, marketing manager for Cashino and Beacon Bingo said:
“We’ve loved having a super star DJ along to broadcast on our radio station, Jackpot FM, as have our staff and customers who we are very grateful to for supporting CHIPS and this was another way of saying thank you. The money is going to such a good cause which does so much for disadvantaged children.”
Tony Blackburn came to fame broadcasting on the so called ‘pirate’ stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first disk jockey to present a show on BBC Radio 1 when it launched in 1967! In 2002 he was the winner of the ITV show ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here’, and currently presents the biggest chart show in the UK ‘Pick of the Pops’ on BBC Radio 2.