Supermarket sweep for Banbury's Radio Horton

Horton Hospital's Radio Horton scored a milestone in its fundraising efforts over the festive season after shoppers of two Banbury supermarkets raised more than £1,000 for the station.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 10:18 am
Radio Horton volunteers, Mel and Chris spreading the festive cheer at Sainsburys

The station held its 29th Christmas fundraising collection at Sainsbury’s supermarket last month, providing music and entertainment to shoppers as they prepared for Christmas.

The monies donated were in addition to funds raised in November from the Waitrose Community Matters initiative, better known as the Green Token scheme, at the town’s Waitrose store.

Radio Horton chairman, Anthony Brown said: “We are of course, delighted with the excellent fundraising efforts over the festive season and would particularly like to convey our thanks to shoppers of both Waitrose and Sainsbury’s for their generosity particularly at this time of year.

“I would also extend our thanks to both Sainsbury’s and Waitrose supermarkets and our other partners who help us to raise funds through other conventions over the year."

Funds raised at the supermarket’s events totalled £1,036.50 which will enable the volunteer run, Banbury based charity to continue to grow as it aims towards broadcasting beyond the hospital to the wider community with a unique health focus.

A new introduction for 2019 was the ability for donors to donate via contactless or debit/credit card payment.

This was in the form of a QR code hosted by Good Thyngs, a service where individuals can scan a barcode using their smartphone or tablet device to make an instant payment in a variety of methods including Apple Pay®, Android Pay® or debit/credit card.

Anthony added: “We understand that in this digital era, an increasing volume of people tend not to carry cash but instead make transactions using their phone or contactless payment card.

"We decided to embrace the technology from Good Thyngs which has already proved both convenient and popular with donors.

"Radio Horton looks forward to working with its partners next year."