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On Thursday 13th April Heart Hampshire presenters Rich Clarke and Zoe Hanson headed to Portsmouth to surprise local children’s charity The Elizabeth Foundation, presenting a cheque for £68,000 raised by Global’s Make Some Noise.

Rich and Zoe were due to present The Elizabeth Foundation with a cheque for £25,000 but thanks to the generosity of Heart Hampshire listeners and the success of the Global’s Make Some Noise 2016 appeal, The Elizabeth Foundation received an extra £43,000 taking their grant to a total of £68,000.

The Elizabeth Foundation supports more than 100 children and their families in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas through their early detection and specialist early years services helping babies and young children with all degrees of hearing loss learn to listen and speak through early detection and hearing tests, conductive hearing loss, down syndrome, and speech and language therapy services.

The money raised by Heart South South and Global’s Make Some Noise will completely fund the cost of 368 pre-school sessions per year for two years; fully fund the 2017 Summer Residential Programme; and enable the much needed refurbishment of two pre-school classrooms.

Global, the media and entertainment group, created Global’s Make Some Noise in 2014 to offer a voice and a lifeline to small charities and projects that are doing inspiring work to help disadvantaged youngsters that are struggling to be heard. Global unites its brands including Heart, Capital, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, to raise money and awareness for the projects it supports by giving them a platform to tell their stories to a weekly audience of 30 million people.

Grants are awarded to projects across the UK that help disadvantaged youngsters living with illness, disablity or lack of opportunity. In its first three years, Global’s Make Some Noise has raised nearly nearly £6 million and raised awareness for 135 incredible charities and projects around the UK.

Pete Simmons, Heart South’s managing editor, Pete Simmons said: “We believe that young people from all walks of life deserve the same opportunities and The Elizabeth Foundation does a great job of helping local youngsters. We know how difficult it can be for small charities to be heard and we’re in the privileged position of being able to help with that.

As well as raising money for the charity, we’ve helped them raise awareness and grow their network of donors so they can continue to do more great work. We’re so proud that through the kindness of our listeners we can help put a smile on the faces of kids in our community.”

Julie Hughes, Chief Executive at The Elizabeth Foundation, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of Heart South Hampshire and its listeners. We knew we were getting a grant for £25,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise and they surprised us with an extra £43,000 taking the total to £68,000 and completely surpassing our expectations. We want to thank Heart South Hampshire and its listeners for their support. Through this funding we’ll be able to help more children and their families for longer by investing in more services that support young deaf children to learn, listen and speak more listening group services. We’re over the moon about the difference we can make in 2017 and beyond.”

Emma Bradley, director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “Global’s Make Some Noise is all about finding and championing small charities that can often get overlooked. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to fund so many inspiring services right across the UK, all thanks to our fabulous supporters. So, however you got involved, from cake baking to bucket shaking, from fear facing to marathon racing – we’d like to say a huge thanks for helping us to make some noise for The Elizabeth Foundation.”

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