Burgled Leeds station KMAH Radio to share crowfunding cash with charity

The KMAH radio team.

The KMAH radio team.

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A Leeds community radio station was forced to suspend its live shows after crucial pieces of kit worth £5,000 were stolen during a burglary.

But when the team at KMAH Radio learned about the life being led by the culprit, they decided to share some of the funds raised for new equipment with a homeless charity.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

Mike Stockell, KMAH Radio co-founder

Mike Stockell, one of the station founders, said: “Having sunk all we do into this, something like this happening was incredibly depressing. We managed to get on air as usual that day, running on another computer. We were disrupted, but we’re still on air.”

Although the station has had to abandon its city centre studio for the time being, it has been able to pre-record and live stream shows by its diverse collection of contributors.

And a crowdfunding appeal set up by one station supporter in the wake of the burglary has further lifted their spirits.

It has already raised more £3,400 of the total needed to replace the stolen decks, mixer, monitor and mixing desk originally provided through the station’s partner, Bop DJ.

Mike said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response. ”

Last week police caught a man, who confessed to stealing the station’s kit and selling it.

“When I spoke to the policeman, he explained the guy was a homeless drug addict,” Mike said. “There was always frustration to start with, but it was much nicer to know that it wasn’t someone who had in come in to the station.

“There’s always a story and a reason. It’s quite sad.”

KMAH Radio now plans to give part of the funds raised to Yorkshire-based Simon on the Streets, which helps rough sleepers.

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/KMAH to donate to the appeal.

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