Our Commercial Director Denise has been invited up the Radio City Tower, a whopping 452 feet above Liverpool, along with Hettie from homelessness charity The Whitechapel Centre to speak about our involvement with the charity and our sponsorship of this year’s Liverpool Sleepout.
We’ve decided to offer this support to make sure more of the money raised on the night goes to those who need it, rather than the costs of running the event, and we have been working with The Whitechapel Centre for a few years now in a number of different ways. Along with our own fundraising and other financial support, another vital way we help the charity by raising awareness, and what better way to do that than to head to the top of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings, which also happens to be a radio station?
St Johns Beacon is home to three radio stations, Radio City, Greatest Hits Radio, and Radio City Talk. It’s Radio City Talk Denise made her debut on live radio on, being interviewed by the award winning broadcaster Mick Coyle. She touched on the links between the waste industry and homelessness, which have sadly, included a number of fatalities where rough sleepers who’ve been sleeping in bins have been crushed. Denise also spoke about how all our crews are trained to check all containers before they’re emptied, our Whitechapel Centre branded truck in Liverpool, and also did state, LIVE ON AIR, she would be taking part in this year’s sleepout on Friday 11th October.
We can’t talk about the Radio City Tower without mentioning the views. You just cannot fail to be impressed by this very different view of Liverpool. It really is spectacular, a unique view of Merseyside’s ever changing skyline over 400 feet above the heart of the city centre. St Johns Beacon offers panoramic views of the Wirral, North Wales, Lancashire and as far as Snowdonia and Blackpool on clearer days. After the interview Denise couldn’t help stopping to take a few pictures too.
The tower has a pretty interesting history too, it was built in 1969 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It stands 138 metres (452 ft) tall, and is the second tallest free-standing building in Liverpool (tallest is Beetham West Tower), and it’s the 32nd tallest in the United Kingdom. Near the top of the tower was a revolving restaurant, the facade and floor of the restaurant revolving as one unit, while the roof was used as an observation platform for visitors. There are 558 stairs up to the top, and two lift shafts which reach the top in 30 seconds. In 1999, refurbishment begun to transform the tower into a radio station, and Radio City made the move from Stanley Street to the Tower in August 2000, where it remains today.
It’s been fantastic for us to spend time there, finding out some of the history, and taking in those views, but more importantly, we’re glad to have been helping raise more awareness of the Sleepout and the incredible work the charity does for homeless people in and around Liverpool.
The Liverpool Sleepout takes place on Friday 11th October. It’d be great to see as many people sign up as possible.