A lifesaving defibrillator has been installed at local community radio station – The Hitmix.

The AED Donate equipment has been installed outside of the radio station – which is located at Alsagers Bank, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Charity fundraisers Dave and Sue Hughes (main image)  – who are regular guests on the station’s airwaves – officially unveiled the defibrillator on Wednesday 28 April.

Station manager Robbie Benson said: “We are surrounded by countryside and popular walkways and we wanted to provide something which all of the community can use if need be. Having the defibrillator right outside the station means anyone walking by, near to, or even cycling can use it if required – not forgetting our presenters. We would also like to say a special thanks to Dave and Sue for being a part of the unveiling.”

In recent months the station has received overwhelming support from listeners who have donated towards the installation of the equipment outside of the property.

“We are overwhelmed by the support we have had from our great listeners who have supported the installation with online donations,” adds Robbie.

“We are very much here for the community and the radio station will maintain and take responsibility for the upkeep of the equipment.”

Station manager Robbie Benson (L) along with presenters


Dave, who along with wife Sue raise money for the Dan Hughes Memorial Fund – CRY, said: “We were thrilled when The Hitmix asked us to launch the defibrillator. This is a very important piece of equipment which could potentially save a life and many thanks to Robbie and the Hitmix team for getting this in place for our community.”

Dave and Sue’s son, Dan Hughes, passed away in 2015 unexpectedly from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) and since their son’s death, parents Dave and Sue Hughes set up a memorial fund in Dan’s name to help stage heart screening days with national charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The couple have been regular guests on Robbie Benson’s drive time show as well as on Sonya Farrall’s Local and Live Sunday morning show talking about the charity.

The Hitmix Radio Station broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

In recent months broadcasters Simon Humphreys, George Andrews, Paul Fairclough, Andy Jones and Chris Bovaird have joined the station.

Tune in on 107.5 FM, or online via The Hitmix website – www.thehitmix.co.uk or via Alexa.

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