Support for Swindon's community radio station, the region's only completely local and inclusive FM radio service, comes from individuals, organisations and companies. We also organise our own fundraising activities, training courses and offer a PAT Test service to help raise vital funds. We are non-commercial and not for profit - and fundraise for all we do so we can provide a service to the Borough.

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  • See your name listed on the supporters page
  • Link to your own website
  • Credit on air or in relevant publications

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Government Minister Ed Vaizey with Station Presenters Des and Alistair   HRH the Duke of kent delivers MBE   Oliver Donachie Donates Studio Keyboard
Government Minister Ed Vaizey with Station Presenters Des and Alistair   HRH the Duke of Kent delivers MBE   Oliver Donachie Donates Studio Keyboard

Set up, The Beginning

  • Dream Studios and the landlord of the Bulldog Pub gave us space to run a 4-week trial before the opening by OFCOM of the Swindon licence bidding period (2006).  The initial idea to try a trial broadcast came from a small group headed by Ian Rowe.
  • 600 raised from local communities and businesses for the submission of the application to OFCOM for the Swindon licence (2007)
  • 1,000 from Swindon Borough Council's Grass Roots Fund paid towards ">the original studio music play-out system
  • INTEL provided studio computers
  • Designer Outlet Centre donated 5,000 for the first year's rent at STFC
  • Oxford Swindon Co-Op: A community grant of 500 to help us start training
  • After two years based at Swindon Town FC We moved to larger space at the Bentley Centre, Stratton Road, Swindon, giving us 3 studios and a Production office

Government Minister Ed Vaizey with Station Presenters Des and Alistair   HRH the Duke of kent delivers MBE   Oliver Donachie Donates Studio Keyboard

Hardware Services Donate Computers   Wilts Police and Crime Commissioner Launches Young Offenders Programme   Borough Council Chief Exec Gavin Jones Presents Volunteer Award

SWINDON 105.5 Thanks the following for support and friendship...

2018 New Supporters and Grants
        Southwest Business Expo & Business Awards  2,250 donation

2017 New Supporters and Grants
           Zurich Community Trust: 5,000 grant re our annual Community Celebration Day
           Scotts of Stow: donations from their special sales
           Morrisons (Dorcan): donation of tea, coffee biscuits for volunteer
           Paula Hills :  200.14 (ran an event in July)
           Wiltshire Swindon Community Foundation : 5,000 grant
           Stratton Parish Council :  1,000 grant
           Signs Express :  large external signs for our building + on our mobile staging unit
           Scotts of Stow :  donating 10% of fashion sales to SWINDON 105.5
           Colin Hatch: making a special plaque for our "Sir Daniel Gooch" Training Studio
           K H Engineering (Swindon):  donation of computer for studio 1
           Jane (listener):  donation for new external sign
           Graham :  donation towards acoustic tiles for the Training Studio
           Ann and Phil :  donation of a new computer for Studio 3
           INTEL: items of furniture and laptops for training 
                      (Wroughton carpet company) new carpet for our Daniel Gooch Studio (Training/Broadcasting
                      studio) and Steve Cooney for laying the carpet  
           Nationwide : several teams painting, gardening, printing promotional material, display screen
           Keith Vowels: donation
           Mayor of Swindon :  50 donation
           Brian and Chris : DIY work at our studios
           Gerry Reilly : donation towards new pull-up banners
           Handy Mag - continued features each month in the magazine

2016 New Supporters and Grants
        Burj Restaurant:
 hosting fundraising night + Alastair Greener for running a quiz
        Nationwide team:  painting 
         Swindon Charity Ball:  4,000 donation
         Stagecoach:  donation from show at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre
         W H Smiths:  desks for editing suite
        Charisma Blinds:  provision of blinds for Station Production Office  
          MLL Print:  new posters and letterheads 
          Hilton Hotel:  hosting 8th anniversary dinner/cabaret evening
          Sun Inn at Coate: Swindon: housing our outside broadcast staging unit
          Zurich Community Trust:  supporting a 12-hour day of promoting Community Groups + donation
          Simon Finch:  building secondary walls in three studios and the Radio Comms Room

2015 New Supporters

       *  Stratton Parish Council:  1,500 grant towards training, insurance and digital recorder 
       *  Wilts & Swindon Community Foundation:  540 donation towards our work
  • Monahans: 275 for special broadcast keyboard for our third studio
  • Nurture: 500 donation
  • Kaspas: 100 a month from 1st May, for one year
  • Sainsburys, Stratton:  200 donation for supporting their Comic Relief fundraising day
  • Swindon Publications: 500 donation towards Station core costs
  • Federation of Small Businesses:  600 for 2015
  • Luna Branding Ltd:  Re-design of Station logo
  • The Curry Place, Rodbourne:  250 from a curry event
  • Hardware Services:  2,500 donation + 2 replacement computers

  • Hilton Hotel:  Donated of 550 from their Anniversary night
  • Excalibur Communications:  Designing and printing 200 brochures
  • Persimmon Homes:  1,000 donation
  • Voluntary Action Swindon:  500 grant for community training project
  • Smiths News:  Donation of a mobile staging outside broadcast unit and generator
  • Swindon Male Voice Choir:  concert producing 200 donation towards studio move
  • Budget Bikes:  Donation of a security chain for outside broadcast generator
  • Office Angels:  100 towards car stickers
  • Waitrose:  240 community donation towards our premises move
  • Wiltshire Sight:  50 donation towards programmes by our visually impaired team

Individuals - Huge Thanks to Everyone 
  • Bob of AVP: for regular videos for our website
  • Ted (listener): 100 donation
  • Pat Broderick:  5 AND he is running the 5-mile multi-terrain run in 2015 Swindon Marathon
  • Jan: Thanks for supporting the Listening Line, a service she values -  20
  • Mr and Mrs Benson:  50
  • Brigitte Jones: Raised 39 from a car boot sale
  • Anne and Phil:  200 donation towards our premises move

2014 New Supporters and Grants Include 
  • Kaspas:  200 donation towards licences for 2015
  • Station end of year event: raised 200 (to date)...
  • Co-Op:  1,000 donation towards training projects
  • Hilton Hotel: Made royal cake for visit by HRH The Duke Of Kent and delivery of our MBE
  • Hilton Hotel:  Painted walls and cleaned carpets before Royal visit
  • INTEL:  100 grant towards training
  • AVP:  Weekly videos about our work and volunteer achievements on our website
  • Jean (A Swindon lady): Donation towards rent till the end of this year
  • Excalibur:  Upgrading our internet and broadband support, plus outside broadcast 4G dongle
  • Steve Cooney: Providing and layed new carpet in our corridors
  • Outset:  1,000 for a week-long station roadshow with them and to print training leaflets and items for Radio caravan
  • Station Presenters: Donations towards music licences
  • Green Labrynth: Monthly Friend donation
  • Swindon Ghosthunters: Donations after 2 overnight stays at the studios
  • Eastcott Vets: Monthly Friend
  • Police & Crime Commissioner grant:  To buy Outside Broadcast equipment + support projects across the town
  • Wiltshire Police and High Sheriff: Grant to work with addicts in recovery
  • Nationwide staff:  Cleaned carpets and radio caravan
  • Simon Cousins: Carried out a sponsored bike ride in north Wales! and a monthly Friend
  • Leo's Hair And Beauty Ltd, Swindon: Monthly Friend
  • PG Events Ltd:  Reduced price sign for front of building) + Phil Coates for paying the 40 and a second Sign board
  • Hilton Hotel: staff team painting and carpet cleaning

2013 Additional Grants, Donations and Other Support 
  • Heritage Lottery: Grant to produce programming on local buildings, with local people
  • Rod Bluh:  Friend
  • Allen Perrin:  Friend
  • Phil (volunteer):  Friend + Donated studio mic arm
  • Datalibrium:  Studio keyboard. Donation
  • Owen (listener): Donation
  • Thamesdown Transport:  Display of Station leaflets on their buses; occasional passses for unemployed volunteers
  • Cross Street Cars:  Monthly Friend
  • Sportswindon:  Cross promotion of local sporting activities and stories
  • Sun Inn, Swindon:  Staged an event; and kindly gave a 250 donation
  • Buy A  Donation and ongoing relationship
  • Ray Morrison: Photographer, Swindon
  • Jeannie Dickie: Single donation
  • Alistair Greener 
  • Gary Williams: Single donation
  • David Brady
  • Helen George
  • Research Council staff: Painted corridor
  • Wiltshire Police: Grant for working with young offenders
  • Walcot Community Shop and Library: Grant for working in the community
  • Voluntary Action Swindon: Grant to run a Media Savvy course for community reps
  • Birmingham City Council/Loan Shark: Grant to work with young people and police
  • David Bradshaw: Donation following interview with a member of our blind team
  • Stratton Parish Council: Grant

2012 Grants and Support
  • Wiltshire, Swindon Community Foundation: Training of volunteers and community members
  • Ofcom: One-year grant for a Business Development Manager
  • Swindon Old Town Rotary: 300 - We planned and carried out a special bus journey progamme with disabled volunteers
  • Swindon Borough Council: Support with transmitter and aerial housing
  • Wiltshire Police: Project with young Offenders
  • Friends of Swindon Young Musicians: Coverage of live music events during the year
  • National Heritage Lottery: For 2013 project investigating and recording programmes around local buildings
  • NIACE: For 2012-13 adult training
  • Alan Burston (Station volunteer): Replacement CD player controller unit after one was stolen

2010-11 Grants
  • SBC: Grassroots and Admin grants
  • Trees Nurseries: Donation of 4 e-machines for our editing suite for volunteers and trainees
  • SBC:  moving studio equipment to our new studio base

2009-10 Grants
  • O2
  • Awards For All, National Lottery
  • Glos, Oxford, Swindon Co-Operative Society
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Community Foundation
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Corporate Supporters (Past and/or Continuing)
  • BEVIRS Solicitors
  • Biplob Indian Restaurant
  • Cross Street Motors
  • Datalibrium
  • Eastcott Veterinary Practice
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Greenbridge MOT Centre
  • Mayor of Swindon Cllr Wren: Nominated the station as one of his four organisations to

Support during 2009-2010
  • McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Centre: Rent for first year at STFC
  • Sight and Sound, Regent Circus Swindon
  • SP Computers
  • STFC: Housing Of Transmitter And Aerial At The Town Ground
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Swindon Aerials
  • Thamesdown Transport: Promotion and occasional bus passes for volunteers
  • Swindon Advertiser: Promotion, Programming, Joint Projects
  • Flowforms
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
  • RR Donnelley Global Document Solutions at Zurich: Printing
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Citrus Design & Print
  • PG Events Graphical Design
  • Patheon
  • Arkells
  • Bombay Lounge
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Drove Veterinary Hospital
  • Deacons of Swindon
  • Flex Space: Support with accommodation
  • Gilberts of Swindon
  • Jaflong Restaurant, Lechlade
  • The Plough at Chiseldon
  • Stagecoach (Performing Arts)
  • Tesco
  • Wyvern Theatre
  • Co-Operative Community Fund 

2008-2009 Supporters
  • Anne Morley
  • Burt: 400 donation for a promotional caravan, to reach into communities
  • Caroline Marsh: Local businesswoman, ex Channel 4 Secret Millionaire
  • Christina Strang
  • Len Morphew: CRB checks
  • Steve Wakefield (ex Mayor of Swindon)
  • Tony Huzzy
  • Alan Fletcher
  • 24-Hour Gym
  • Allen Perrin
  • Alma Welby
  • Andrew Brewerton
  • Andy Parks (Wiltshire's Mr Christmas)
  • Ann Snelgrove (ex MP)
  • Ash Madley
  • Bill Cullen
  • Caroline Marsh (Channel 4 Secret Millionaire)
  • Cllr David Glaholm
  • Cllr Junab Ali
  • Dan Pratt
  • David Brady
  • David Margesson (late High Sheriff of Wiltshire)
  • Greg Dunningham
  • Jean King
  • Jill Stevens-Brown
  • Joan Lawrence
  • John Taylor
  • Paul Burgess