Gateway 97.8 gets funding for more radio giveaways

Mick Ferris

Gateway 97.8 has announced new funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Basildon radio station has been running a project since April called ‘On The Radio’, awarding radios to vulnerable or elderly people who may be self-isolating.

It is well known that radio can be an invaluable ‘friend’ in difficult times and the station will soon be working with radio networking group, The Radio Hub, to distribute more free radios across the UK.

Gateway 97.8 has also received funding from the National Lottery for an activities coordinator who will assemble local information on the coronavirus pandemic to inform the community. Editor Johnny Jenkins will be taking on this new role.

The new project, called Gateway Response, will involve a brand-new webpage full of information, resources and activities for the community. The page will also include a new job spot for people who are out of work due to the ongoing pandemic.

Station Director, Danny Lawrence said: “I am delighted that Gateway 97.8 can help more people across Basildon and East Thurrock. Gateway Response will be a home for reliable information and resources for the whole community.”

Station Director, Ros Connors said: “Gateway Response will add to what already is a wonderful service for our area.

“We are in very troubled times, and the pandemic is causing much stress and anxiety. With the situation constantly changing, the radio station is fully committed to providing as much helpful, and up-to-date information to our listeners as possible.”

If you are interested in receiving a radio, or know somebody who may be interested, please contact They may be given a free radio!

If you have any events or resources to add to the new Gateway Response page, please contact

Gateway 97.8 can be heard on 97.8fm in Basildon and East Thurrock, on the Gateway 97.8 app or online at:


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