National radio award for Banbury Sound presenter Kirsty Leahy

Kirsty Leahy of Banbury Sound came second in a national award. From the left, Pearl Watts, Dogs for the Disabled volunteer dog socialiser, Kirsty Leahy and James Cooke, Hook Norton Brewery MD. NNL-150714-135832009
Kirsty Leahy of Banbury Sound came second in a national award. From the left, Pearl Watts, Dogs for the Disabled volunteer dog socialiser, Kirsty Leahy and James Cooke, Hook Norton Brewery MD. NNL-150714-135832009

Months of pulling pints for charity have finally paid off for Banbury Sound presenter Kirsty Leahy who scooped silver in the Arqiva commercial radio awards.

Kirsty was presented with the accolade for the Social Action Initiative category at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Roundhouse in Camden after she raised more than £1400 for Dogs for the Disabled.

She said: “I am absolutely over the moon and delighted. I was absolutely shell shocked on the evening. It is such an amazing achievement.

“Just to even be nominated was enough for me and I was gob-smacked to be recognised with a silver award. We were just blown away.”

“A huge thanks to Hook Norton Brewery and everyone in the Banbury area who supported me, including Banbury Town Council, Brackley Town Council and everyone who bought a pint; it has been a massive team effort.”

The presenter after teaming up with Hook Norton Brewery to produce a special charity beer Thristy Kirsty , which was sold successfully at festivals, fairs and other local events throughout Oxfordshire.

Angela Francis, marketing manager at the brewery, said: “It has been fantastic to be involved with Kirsty and help to contribute towards her success in the awards. We are proud to support her and wish her all the best.”

Stephanie Lawless, community fundraising manager at Dogs for the Disabled, added: “Kirsty worked tirelessly last year and attended many events where she raised charity awareness as well as fundraising for us through the beer sales.”