Koast Radio competition winner gives away prize

A NHS mental health support worker who won a radio competition has handed over his winnings to patients at a rehabilitation centre.

A NHS mental health support worker who won a radio competition has handed over his winnings to patients at a rehabilitation centre.

Generous Gary Balsdon, of Ashington, scooped £100 worth of taxi tokens after winning a competition on a Northumberland community radio station.

But instead of keeping the prize for himself, he decided it would be more beneficial to the carers and clients based at Bluebell Court in St George’s Park, Morpeth.

The 29-year-old won the tokens for Phoenix Taxis following his successful attempts at guessing the location of a taxi in the on-air competition held by Koast Radio.

Gary said: “They could be better used elsewhere than going on trips down the pub, as often carers can be isolated, making getting around with those they are caring for difficult. So I posted a notice on the intranet bulletin at work, and from there received some feedback.”

The tokens will be used by staff at Bluebell Court to take those in recovery out and about in the area.

Koast Radio station manager Vicky Oakley said: “We are delighted Gary’s given it to such a worthwhile cause. It’s what Koast Radio is all about; we are a community station.”

Bryan Chater from Phoenix Taxis, said it was refreshing to see true community spirit from Gary. He added: “It’s a fantastic use for us, Koast, and for those who will be using the tokens; it really shows how nice some people are.”

Since winning the prize, Gary has taken a keen interest in Koast Radio and is currently getting to grips with presenting his own show.

 

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