Christmas Appeal

Lots of people have been affected over the last eighteen months of the pandemic and lockdowns in different ways. Charities have found it exceptionally tough during this time. One because of not being able to work in the communities they are serving and two because people have had to tighten their belts. 

This week I celebrated my birthday and one of the things that Facebook allow you to do is ask your friends to donate to a non-profit charity of your choice for your celebrations. It’s a great way of helping charities in a non pushy kind of way. 

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in fundraising here on the island for most of the time I’ve lived here. Including big events like the Pirates Charity Premiere and the Pinmar Golf Tournament, to small local charity events too. The one thing i know about this island and the people that live here is that they always dig deep when Charity calls. 

Since 2004 from the Pirates Charity Premieres to the Radiothons on Radio One Mallorca we have supported Great Ormond Street Hospital. We have raised a staggering 763,185.10€ through those events. In 2008 and 2010, believe it or not, I did the London Marathon for GOSH. There were three of us in 2008 and we raised £8,277.00 and me on my own in 2010 and I raised £2,590.00. 

GOSH has been and still is a big part of my life and during my many visits there, I can see how the Charity helps the hospital in so many different ways. 

I set up my birthday appeal for GOSH with an expectation to raise 250.00€. I soon surpassed that and had to change it 500.00€. That too was passed so I moved it to 750.00€ and I’m pleased to say that I had to move it again to 1000.00€. To date, it is at 1055.00€, so a massive thank you to everybody that donated. I’m really humbled by your generosity.

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Each day, 619 children and young people from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity raises money to enable the hospital to provide world class care and to pioneer new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses.

Donations can;

  • Provide family accommodation so parents and carers can stay close by while their children undergo treatment
  • Fund vital services including the hospital Play team which helps patients understand their treatment and cope with separation from peers and siblings
  • Support social work and multi-faith chaplaincy teams who provide much needed family advice and support now and in the months ahead 

This brings me nicely on to our Radio One Mallorca Christmas Appeal. 

Over all the years we have ran this campaign and with your generosity, we have been able to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of families, children, pensioners and animals on the island. This year is going to be a particularly difficult time for a lot of people so any help will be greatly appreciated.

This year your donations will benefit:

Fundacio Nazaret: A Children’s home in Palma that look to promote the integral education of minors to transform and improve their present and future personal situations. With your donations last year we were able to buy a voucher for every child and we aim to do the same again with your help.

Age Concern Mallorca: Jackie and her team look after people of varying ages across the island and we are looking to supply them with vouchers to spend at a local supermarket as we did, with your help, last year.

Yachting Gives Back: They are a food-raising campaign helping to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Balearics. We want to collect non-perishable foodstuffs & hygiene products and they then deliver to those in need via local charities including Mallorca Sense Fam and Associacio Tardor.

Santa Ponsa Food Bank: Based from the Santa Ponsa Community Church, they are serving and supporting the community. Through your donations of money and food, we will support them again this year.

SOS Calvia: Are a citizen’s initiative who distribute food every week to families in need. With your food and money donations we will provide much needed food and hygiene items.

SOS Animal Mallorca : Since 1995 this organisation has been rehoming dogs and cats and campaigning on behalf of animals to prevent mistreatment, through education and government initiatives. Please donate dog or cat food or make a cash donation to enable them to improve the centre.

This year, to help raise more needed funds we are asking anyone who would like, to sponsor a day on the radio. Starting 15th November to the 17th of December you can sponsor each weekday for your business or event.

A presenter read will be read on air each hour 8am to 7pm and the presenters will talk about who is sponsoring each day during their shows. You can even come into the studio on your day with a pre-arranged interview during the breakfast show, to talk about what you have sponsored for that day.

Minimum 100€ per day for sponsorship, it’s a great way to promote anything you want and all the proceeds go to great causes.

You can offer us a prize to auction off or as a Raffle prize or challenge us to do something for money. Even better challenge yourself to do something for money. Please deliver all donations to us at the Radio Station at The Wave House Hotel in Magalluf or call Richie on 670 704 311 to arrange pick up.

We can take money donations via our charity bank account, credit card or in cash. For more information please Contact Jo on

Help us to bring a smile to lots of faces this Christmas.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Weekend! 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram or feel free to email him at 

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