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December 2014

Radio Station’s Compassion Pledge is a UK First

17th December 2014

Toy Appeal 2014

Pirate FM has joined a swathe of Cornish businesses and organisations who are backing the new 'Compassionate Cornwall' Initiative. The idea is very simple, to treat others as you would have them treat you.

The Charter for Compassion was founded in 2008 by British author Karen Armstrong, and has sparked a vast international movement of individuals, organisations and communities committed to creating positive change in the world. Tam Martin Fowles from Penzance became a Charter Partner in 2013, after founding Hope in the Heart, a Community Interest Company. 

Tam registered Cornwall as a compassionate community in August of this year and contacted Pirate FM to see if the station could help spread word of how individuals and businesses could get involved. It became clear very quickly that the initiative was something Pirate FM not only was happy to cover, but also join. 

Journalist Rachel Yates went to the appointment and said: "Everything that Tam was telling me fitted in perfectly with our values and aims at Pirate FM. It is something we already do through our daily work in the way we treat our listeners, contributors and clients as well as each other. 

"Covering the fact that families throughout west Cornwall are donating items to go back to Sierra Leone on the Gypsum Centennial and letting people know how they can help, our current Toy Appeal for Children's Hospice South West, our Local Heroes awards, past campaigns such as the 'K for Kimberly'; they all demonstrate our own compassion but also that of our listeners.  Our efforts to save energy and be more sustainable, the way we treat clients, help out listeners, wave at children excited to see the Pirate FM car - it all counts."

Managing Director Mark Peters added: "As a heritage business in this region we have a responsibility to support the local area.  This is a great way to prove Pirate FM is a local business, fully connected to the economy and committed to the community."

Tam said: "I have been stunned - and delighted - by the positive response from all kinds of people in Cornwall, and overwhelmed with the task of co-ordinating an initiative that I expected would grow slowly and has, in fact, snowballed into something huge in just three months."

Tam added that this is just the beginning, and hopes that "phase two" of the initiative will attract much wider support, with institutions such as Cornwall Council, Churches Together and the Interfaith Forum, local education and health services, and major businesses coming on board.  She said: "Cornwall is a county that is already rich in compassionate action, and it is entirely appropriate that we should be the beacon that lights the way for other communities to follow."

Posted by Winners Blog at 1:23pm

Toy Appeal Spreads Festive Cheer to Little Harbour’s Children

11th December 2014

Toy Appeal 2014

The team at Children’s Hospice South West’s (CHSW) Little Harbour hospice in St Austell was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of toys delivered to the children’s hospice on Wednesday which had been collected through Pirate FM’s Toy Appeal.

The Pirate FM Toy Appeal, supported by Flying Start Nurseries, ran for three weeks and in this time hundreds of people donated toys and gifts at local businesses which were acting as drop off points for the appeal. Very quickly the businesses and Pirate FM realised that this was an appeal that really was touching the hearts of many in the Cornish community as boxes at drop off points were filling up fast with a vast array of brightly coloured toys and presents. Extended thanks go to Lamorna Express who managed the logistics of the Appeal and offered their courier service and storage space free of charge as a donation to CHSW.

Emma Lloyd-Cowell, Head of Fundraising at Little Harbour was overcome by the amount of toys and gifts that were brought to the hospice. Emma said; “We never anticipated that the appeal would bring in this amount of toys to our special hospice. The generosity of the community in Cornwall is overwhelming. On behalf of everyone at Little Harbour; the Care Team, Fundraising Team and all of our families, I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who donated to the Toy Appeal or who acted as a drop off point. Your hard work and generosity really will make such a difference to our children and families this Christmas.”

Lamorna Express - Toy AppealAll ages were donating to the Toy Appeal including 5 year old Alex Laundy from Helston who, after listening to Pirate FM one evening when he was supposed to be in bed, asked his mum what a children’s hospice was. After Alex’s mum explained what a children’s hospice was and what Little Harbour does Alex decided that with his pocket money he would like to buy some toys and donate them to the Toy Appeal. Alex said “I bought a jigsaw, a puzzle and a fork lift truck because I wanted to be kind.”

Toys collected from Pirate FM’s Toy Appeal will be given out to the life limited children that Little Harbour supports as well as their well brothers and sisters over the festive period. Christmas is a difficult time of year for the families that CHSW support, all facing very uncertain futures and wanting to make every occasion as special and memorable as possible. Little Harbour currently looks after over 60 families who use the hospice for short breaks, respite and palliative care, the hospice is also there for families in emergencies and for end of life care and bereavement support. Some of those families will be staying at Little Harbour over the Christmas and New Year period and most of the families that the hospice supports will be attending the Christmas party where many of these toys and gifts will be given out.

Little Harbour offers care and support to families and helps them to make the most of short and precious lives and this generous donation of toys and gifts will help the team to create a magical Christmas for those families.

Mark Peters, Managing Director at Pirate FM said “I feel very proud of what has been achieved here, it’s clear to me that the people of Cornwall have made sacrifices to donate extra presents to this appeal. I helped unload the vans that were bursting with toys at Little Harbour and it’s not until you see the sheer scale of it that you understand how deeply people feel about offering support. Every single person that donated, every single business that hosted a collection box and everyone else that enabled this to happen should also feel very proud of what has been the most successful toy appeal I have seen in 18 years of commercial radio. Thank you!”


Posted by Winners Blog at 1:27pm

CHSW Toy appeal

11th December 2014

Posted by Tina at 5:34am

Neil and Tina do Pantomime

5th December 2014

Neil and Tina do pantomime...

... 'Oh no they don't!' .... Oh yes they do!!!

Recruiting the Managing Director of Pirate FM, Mark Peters as an extra cast member, Neil and Tina re-enacted some favourite pantomime moments this week for your chance to win a Family Pass to see Robin Hood at the Hall For Cornwall (runs from Sun 7 Dec to 4 Jan)

If you'd like to listen (again) to their phenomenal acting abilities... and guess along, here they are:









and the Finale Friday


There are still chances to win with our on-line competiion which you can enter here.

Happy Christmas Everyone.

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Posted by Tina at 11:18am

Need Help

5th December 2014

After the sad news story of the death of a mother and newborn baby in Bristol, please do get help if you are feeling low at this, or any time of year.

You can speak to the Samaritans 

The Cornwall office can be contacted on 01872 277277

Samaritans of Cornwall at Truro

19 Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2BY

T: 01872 277277

Posted by Tina at 11:01am

First training 'run'

3rd December 2014

CHICKSPassion 22/11/14

Heart pounding. Sweat dripping. Memories of past conquests...and efforts on finishing the one I am on right now. Yes I am still talking about running, but sadly my first London Marathon training 'run' was far from passionate, nor did it have any ounce of romance I used to experience gliding across the ground...mind you, back in the day I was a sub-4 minute miler competing for Great Britain and now I'm a slightly overweight radio presenter. I said 'slightly' thank you very much.

Not so much running involved today - more stooping under low-hanging branches and skidding through cow shite across the fields but at least I broke out in to a little sweat - that will surely make inroads to my weight which at 13 stone and three quarters is not massively more than when I was still competing...only the weight back then was more muscle tone and not a belly I have to suck in like David Hasselhoff did through the entire series of Baywatch.

So, one run down - many more to go. I will ache, but one thing I've NOT forgotten from my competing days is that satisfying ache you experience after training. Now excuse me while I go and have some passion with a bacon sandwich...there's plenty of time until 26th April 2015.

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Posted by Tina Bessell at 8:03am


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