I currently voluntarily present and produce radio shows on an online internet station that has already cost me money for set-up equipment so I can do this from home live.
Additionally, I require extra equipment to improve and develop the shows further. Also, I have ongoing costs of subs, newspapers and stationery that I pay for myself but finding it difficult.
I have fibromyalgia, which often leaves me housebound, in pain and exhausted and with benefit changes I am going through appeal to have my Disability Living Allowance reinstated, hence setting this up as costs although not huge are eating into living costs. I would be alone at home 24/7 without this volunteering.
My dream for the future is to set up my own online radio station that involves licences, websites, streaming costs, etc. I will never be able to work a normal job, but keeping mind active is very important when my body lets me down so much with my disability.
I am looking to raise £50 a month ideally. This is to cover monthly subs to the station to present, stationery and newspapers. The money would enable me to improve current shows and even add additional ones. I have already purchased equipment to broadcast live, and paying this off each month which costs £20 a month. I also need extra hardware to enable a better presentation and sound, but at present I get by with what I have got, but is not as professional as I would like.
Any additional money raised here would be used for licensing, streaming and day-to-day costs to run a station myself for my local area, which has no national stations like Heart, etc and the BBC stations only local programming is a breakfast show opt out. The community station and local commercial station are transfixed with set playlists and rarely support local events, people and news unless it is their advantage. I would ideally like to launch my own station in August 2015 but the costs for this are around £1000 with additional equipment, licences, streaming, jingles, etc.
I thank you for taking time to read this and even a donation of £1 would help me with day-to-day costs of presenting and any more than that would help make a dream come true and help with my mental wellbeing, doing something that I truely love and helps to distract me from the physical pain and exhaustion my disability causes me daily.