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Planet Rock Listeners Donate £40,000 (And Counting!) To CALM

UPDATE: On Friday 4th December, Wyatt completed his ride from Planet Rock’s Central London studios to the Planet Rockstock music festival in Trecco Bay, South Wales. In the process, he raised over £33,000 for CALM, bringing the final total funds raised from the CALM/Planet Rockstock partnership to £41,148.05 at the time of writing. 

Wyatt covered a distance of over 200 miles in around 20 hours, including cycling through the night in heavy rain and against strong winds, arriving ready for the first day of Rockstock.

Rummaging around online, we happened upon a little something that seemed the perfect THANK YOU from us to him. You can listen below to the moment he was surprised with it live on air…

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It’s an amazing thing, generosity, and it can come from all sorts of places. As a charity that receives absolutely no public funding, CALM is well aware of the generosity of the Great British public, but when our friends at Planet Rock told us that they’d reached their fundraising target of £10,000 in just 4 days, and then a few hours later that donations were still coming in, well, we had to stop what we were doing and crack open a packet of chocolate bourbons.

To fill you in, Planet Rockstock, a weekend festival of live rock (of course, what else?), is happening down at Trecco Bay in Wales 4-6th December, and CALM is the official charity. Not only will bearded (and non-bearded) CALM T-shirt wearing folk be there all weekend, blending in with the Planet Rockers, enjoying a beer and not dancing to the music, they’ll also be congratulating a not-too-weary-we-hope DJ Wyatt Wendels as he arrives onsite at the end of his 180 mile overnight cycle ride – the #RideToRockstock – to raise money for CALM.

DJ Wyatt, who entertains Planet Rock listeners from 10am until 2pm every day, has been tweeting from dusk ’til dawn encouraging his some 104k Twitter fans to back his fundraising efforts, and, well, they have! Here’s what happened when Wyatt reached his £10,000 target…

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And the donations keep coming! The guys at Planet Rock have now set their sights on 20k and are currently closing in on £15,000. We’re astounded by the messages of support that have come rolling in to Wyatt, to Planet Rock and to CALM. In fact, the Planet Rock DJ has been so moved by the encouragement he’s received that he’s decided to share his story with CALM. In it, for the first time, he talks about the time in the not too distant past when he no longer wanted to be alive, what led to that point and how he came through it… Check out YOUR VOICE later today to read the full story.

Now all Wyatt has to do is cycle over 180 miles overnight in subzero temperatures. Oh, did we mention he also has a bad knee?

But this guy’s got enough positivity right now for the lot of us, and ain’t nothin’ gonna bring him down. As he says in his video update below, “don’t let anyone, or anything, ever make you afraid.”

There’s only one thing left to say really….. ROCK ON!!!!!

Read Wyatt’s personal story shared with CALM.

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