23rd December 2013
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Cornwall, after an anonymous Pirate FM listener helped to make the wishes of a Liskeard family come true.
Hannah Karn from Liskeard, entered Pirate FM's recent "Flying Home for Christmas" promotion, where the radio station offered to fly someone back to Cornwall for the festivities.
Three years ago, single mother Hannah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Since then her children Josh (15), and Sophie (12) have been her carers.
She asked for her father David Gowers to be flown back from Oregon, in America, but unfortunately had to retract her nomination after she found out her father wouldn't be able to make it due to his wife having an operation. Her father has not been back to the UK for an extended period for over 30 years.
"My world has completely changed." Hannah told Pirate FM. "I am a single mum with two wonderful kids, one of whom is also classed as disabled with type 1 diabetes.
"We don't go anywhere at Christmas due to my disability so it is always just the three of us. This can be a lonely time for me as I feel it should be about family. It would be the most amazing present for all of us to have my dad and his wife here with us for Christmas."
Hannah continued: "It's usually just me and my children at home. My children have been lumped into being my carers, and to have my Dad back for Christmas would take the pressure off them, and give the their Christmas back"
Neil and Tina at Breakfast chatted to Hannah live on the radio earlier in December, where she told her story. One particular Pirate FM listener was so moved by the story, that they contacted the station immediately, offering to anonymously stump up the cash for the family to be reunited in 2014.
Pirate FM Breakfast Show presenter Tina said: "Once again, this proves why we are proud to call Cornwall home. The people of the Duchy always pull together to help each other out, and this is a prime example.
"We must say thank you so much to our donor, who wanted to remain anonymous. Their selfless act of generosity has really helped touch a local family's lives, and for that we are eternally grateful."
Listen to the moment Neil and Tina revealed the news to Hannah on the radio:
Posted by Pirate FM at 8:24am