Giving Tuesday - 26 hours of Community Radio on shmuFM

Station House Media Unit’s shmuFM is kicking off its first ever Giving Tuesday at 9am on 27th November with 26 hours of live community radio broadcasting.

Led by shmu volunteers, the marathon will be very community focused, and a great way for us to share stories about our work in communities in Aberdeen. Speaking about the upcoming marathon, Alan, one of the volunteers, said he sees Giving Tuesday as a chance to give something back to shmu for their support.

Sharing his story, he said: “Five years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after suffering a mental breakdown. Being told that I would probably never work again was devastating, and shmuFM was my saviour.” He added: “When the need to raise money for the building was mentioned, and the idea of a marathon broadcast first suggested, I saw it as a way of repaying shmu for the thousands of hours of fun, information and education that I’ve had the honour of broadcasting, along with the unconditional care and support shown to me and the other volunteers. Please pledge some money for this organisation that means so much not just to me, but the hundreds of other people that shmu helps get through their life.

The money raised during the marathon will go towards kitting out the new shmu building in Woodside as part of our Paving the Way to Woodside campaign. We are well on their way with just over £5k reached through community events and activities since the campaign began.

How can you get help raise funds? In order to connect with other businesses and groups in the city, we are asking everyone to take part in their The Great shmu Bake Sale. Hold a bake sale in aid of shmu and bring your donation to the studio with your best bake for the volunteers – you might even get a handshake from our Chief Exec Murray! This will be an opportunity for those taking part the opportunity to give their friends and family a shout out live on air and talk directly to those who will be impacted by their donation.

Want to find out more? If you would like to take part, whether volunteering to make a cup of tea for our volunteers, or if you would like to participate in our fundraising activities, contact shmu’s Fundraising Officer at or on 01224 515013. You can donate on the day by visiting our Facebook page or by calling Frieda on the above number on the day.