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Pirate FM listener makes dreams come true for a Liskeard Family

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.
Matt Bunt from Pirate FM 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 Winners Blog at 8:28am

Claire Green from St Mawes guesses Cornwall's Secret Sound!

11th December 2013

Claire Green - Secret Sound Winner

Claire Green from St Mawes put Cornwall out of it's misery, as she correctly guessed Cornwall's Secret Sound - claiming herself a wad of cash in the process!

The competition, is played in Breakfast every weekday morning, and three listeners each day are given the opportunity to guess the sound - with the winner claiming the accumumlating cash prize.

After a couple of months, and many wrong answers, it was Claire Green from St Mawes who was to finally claim the tidy £900 in cash - by correctly guessing that it was the sound of a Digital Thermometer!

Well done Claire!

See what the Secret Sound was:


Posted by Winners Blog at 3:53pm

Phil grabs a grand!

19th November 2013

Phil Whitehead - £1,000 Minute Winner

A St Dennis man claimed a grand in cash, after proving his cranial-credentials on Pirate FM!

Phil Whitehead from St Dennis took part in Pirate FM's £1,000 Minute last week, where he was pit against 10 general knowledge questions, which he had to answer in just 60 seconds.

A confident Phil steamed through, confidently answering all the questions correctly - that was, until one came up about Eurovision: "Which country last won?".

After considering it for a while, and with just seconds remaining, he correctly answered that it was indeed Sweden - and the cash was his!

Phil popped in with his family, Lowenna, Eleanor, Bo and Laura to pick up his cash from Pirate FM.

"I'm still in shock. I didn't think I'd get the last question right, and so when you told me Sweden was correct, I was just gobsmacked!" he said.

You can win a grand, every single weekday morning with the £1,000 minute - Check out more details here.


Posted by Winners Blog at 5:10pm

Paul McCartney Winner

8th November 2013

Paul McCartney Front Page FeatureA massive Paul McCartney fan from Cornwall is celebrating, after Pirate FM gave him the chance to watch their idol on the other side of the world.

Paul Floyd from Callington will be winging his way to a Stadium in Japan, after clinching the ultimate prize in the competition.

The Cornish radio station recently gave it's listeners the opportunity to watch the Beatles legend, at a huge gig in Tokyo later this month.

Avid listeners were told to listen out for two songs in a row by the artist, and to ring-in to get in the drawer when they did.

'Live and Let Die' and 'Jet' by Paul McCartney were played just after 8am on Friday 8th November, resulting in a switchboard meltdown with thousands of listeners trying to claim their place in the draw.

Paul couldn't stop laughing, and dropped his phone in the excitement! He kept saying, "Ideal, thank you very much! "

"I couldn't believe it when he said my name. I have been an huge fan of Paul McCartney, and I can't wait to see him!"

He added: "I'll be taking my wife Mandy, who's made up about it!"

Neil Caddy, Pirate FM's Breakfast Presenter said: "We're really pleased that we've been able to make Paul's dream come true. It truly is a unique prize, and we hope he and wife, Mandy have a fantastic time.

"Over the last few months we've brought Travis to Cornwall, we've sent Kate Williams from St Austell to see Elton John in Las Vegas, and even gave Beccy Tilley from Pendeen the opportunity to see Jessie J at an exclusive gig in London."

"Plus we've also given away £5,000 on the Secret Sound, and a total of £3,000 with our recent Music Bingo competition."

"And, this is not the end: we've got loads more great opportunities to win coming up over the next few months, so watch this space!"

Posted by Winners Blog at 9:45am

Andrew and Lucy win their dream Cornish Wedding with Pirate FM!

14th June 2013

Andrew and Lucy win their dream Cornish Wedding with Pirate FM!

A deserving Perranporth couple are planning their future together after winning their dream Cornish wedding, worth thousands of pounds.

Lucy Cruse and Andrew Vickers entered Pirate FM’s ‘Win a Wedding’ competition earlier this year and were one of four randomly-selected couples who made it through to the final.

Andrew and Lucy met nearly three years ago. After the premature birth of their baby son, Owen, last year they decided to get married as soon as they could.

“Last year I had a mysterious illness which resulted in time off work.” said Lucy. “Then I fell pregnant and was in-and-out of hospital all the way through. I ended up with Pre-eclampsia and baby Owen had to be born early. We both nearly didn't make it but now that is all fine. This prize will be the ultimate ending to a stressful couple of years!"

The prize package contains everything the couple needs for their special day including wedding rings, dress, stationary, photography and videography, DJ, a honeymoon and even the wedding and reception location at The Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club, near Bodmin. All the items and services have been offered by local businesses here in Cornwall and total over £10,000.

Each couple in the final were asked to perform a song which was broadcast across the Duchy. Lucy and Andrew performed a version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

“We feel completely overwhelmed and just so grateful to everyone that voted,” continued Lucy. “We are eternally grateful for such an amazing prize.”

The couple employed a number of high-profile tactics to secure votes including handing out leaflets, publicising themselves on social media and even shaving the voting details into the back of Lucy’s horse.

Andrew said: “We were walking through Perrancoombe and someone slowed their car down to say they had voted for us. We didn’t even know who they were!

“It’s quite overwhelming, and it’s really heart-warming how many people voted for us. Thank you to everyone.”

Posted by Winners Blog at 4:05pm

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