Surge Radio has raised £863.40 for Comic Relief, at their annual 48 hour broadcasting marathon on Thursday – Saturday.

The total nearly doubled their initial fundraising goal of £480 for the charity.

The marathon, which was broadcast live outside the Union building on the Redbrick, started at 00:00 on Thursday, ending 48 hours later at 00:00 on Saturday 25 March.

The shows featured a series of competitions, on-air challenges, and games, including an appearance from BBC Radio 1 DJ and Surge alumna, Chris Stark, who tuned in on Thursday morning to offer the team motivation and a donation of £100.

The marathon featured live on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast Show on Friday morning before Portsmouth-based singer-songwriter, Jerry Williams performed a live music set in the afternoon.

Other highlights from the event include the team’s writing, recording and production of a 4 track EP during the 48 hours, a competition to win a pair of tickets to Victorious Festival and the gunging of the Station’s Manager, Toby Leveson.

A team of forty student volunteers helped to run the event, which was held in association with RAG (Raise and Give) society.

Make sure you tweet your congratulations to the team using the hashtag #Surge48. You can still donate to Comic Relief via their online Red Nose Day page here.

Whether you are interested in presenting or production, if this has inspired you to get involved in Surge, you can contact them and sign up via our website at www.unionsouthampton.org/groups.