FIVE-year old Joshua Whittington-Couch went so ‘Gaga’ for a radio station’s charity campaign he saved up his pocket money for a month to help.
The Whiteley Primary School pupil dropped off the £20 at the studios of Wave 105 – and got to meet DJ and News columnist Rick Jackson as well as having a strum on a signed guitar donated by pop star Lady Gaga.
During Wave 105’s Cash for Kids Month, listeners were invited to get involved to help the station raise the money needed to develop a specialised teenage cancer patient room at the Southampton General Hospital.
Joshua’s mum Clara Couch, of Thyme Avenue, Whiteley, said: ‘We’ve brought Josh up knowing that not everyone has as much stuff as him. We listen to the radio in the car all the time – he loves it – and that’s how he heard about the campaign.
‘He just told us that he wanted to give some of his own money from his piggy bank. He’s a very aware child and we’re very proud of him.
‘It was all his own idea but he stuck with it and that is quite a lot of money to a five-year-old.’
Joshua added: ‘I like to help other people because that’s being kind. I wanted to help them have a place for the poorly children.’
DJ Rick praised Joshua for being so thoughtful in raising the cash.
‘It was wonderful to see a boy of just five so passionate about a charity cause and wanting to help Wave 105 raise the money needed to develop a specialised teenage cancer patient room at the Southampton General Hospital,’ he said.
Lady Gaga’s signed guitar ended up going for £810 during a charity auction in aid of the cause.
Wave 105 is also celebrating after winning regional station of the year at the Music Week Awards.
Managing director Martin Ball said: ‘Winning such a high-profile industry award is down to our team’s hard work and commitment.’