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Local charities and groups given a voice

The Harpur Trust has teamed up with Bedford Radio to give charities, community groups and organisations the chance to highlight their services on the station for free.

Bedford Radio is a local station which has been running online for several years, as well as on FM during the last Bedford River Festival and Bedfringe, before making the switch to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

The new Community Noticeboard the station is introducing, with sponsorship from the Harpur Trust, allows charities and community groups the chance to broadcast a message which will run on the station throughout the day for a number of weeks.

It can be used to help promote valuable services, raise awareness of new initiatives, or help community groups, voluntary organisations or charities recruit for volunteers. 

Lucy Bardner, Harpur Trust Communities Programme Director, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Bedford Radio and give local charities and groups a voice, so they can communicate the essential support they provide in Bedford.  

“Supporting the local community is a core part of what we do at The Harpur Trust and we hope charities and groups take up the opportunity to use the Community Noticeboard to help recruit volunteers, promote events and activities, or appeal for donations. 

Martin Steers, Bedford Radion Station Manager, said: “As the local radio station for Bedford, which is itself not-for-profit, volunteer-based, and from the local community, we are excited to be working with The Harpur Trust to launch our Community Noticeboard to help local groups and charities get their message out there.

“We have so many fantastic organisations across the area that do so much for the people of Bedford. We want to do what we can to help promote what they are up to and what support they need which will ultimately benefit the wider community.”

Every hour Bedford Radio will play an organisation’s message, it’s completely free to have a message on the noticeboard, all groups need to do is submit the details at, or record someone saying the message, no longer than 30 seconds and email it to

About The Harpur Trust:

Ever since Sir William Harpur’s founding gift in 1566, The Harpur Trust has been providing education and supporting the most disadvantaged people in Bedford. The Trust has grown and evolved hugely over more than 450 years, yet it remains true to its roots. Today the charity aims to promote education, support Bedford residents who are sick or in need, hardship or distress and to provide recreation facilities to help improve people’s living conditions, by:

  • Giving more than £1m through grants ever year to support diverse initiatives to improve people’s lives in the community.
  • Enabling children and young people facing disadvantage to achieve their potential through a long-term collaborative plan Together for Bedford. The aim of the 15-year strategy is to invest in people’s futures and create opportunities for people to thrive.
  • Running first class independent schools and sponsoring the HEART Academies Trust.
  • Operating an impactful bursary programme supporting children of all backgrounds to access The Harpur Trust schools.
  • Providing a generous bursary scheme to university students from low-income families, as well as uniform grants for pupils starting secondary school.
  • Sponsoring projects and events to bring the local community together.

The Harpur Trust is one of the largest employers in Bedford with more than 1,120 staff. Last year the Trust committed almost £4million (including bursaries) to the needs of the local community. Although its focus is Bedford Borough, the Trust’s impact flows far beyond.

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