Local Norwood resident, Stephen Eddleston-McGrath, aka ‘DJ Gingersteve’, is on a mission to reclaim his record while raising awareness of type 1 diabetes. Gingersteve, 42, will be DJing for 24 hours non-stop on Saturday 25 August to raise awareness and vital funds for JDRF. The money raised will go towards research to treat, prevent and hopefully one day find a cure for type 1.
The DJ's set will be streamed live on the internet and run from 8am through to 8am on Sunday 26 August, and Stephen will be playing an array of music from chill out, house, funk, disco and reggae plus much more. The original record, held by Jay-F, stood at 12 hours, which Stephen smashed last year by clocking up 17 hours. Jay-F played for 18 hours earlier this year, so this time Stephen is determined to go the whole way and smash the record again.
Stephen’s inspiration is his daughter Róisín who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at just 13 months which had a devastating impact on the family’s life. Now aged six, Róisín, who is a pupil at Kingswood Primary School, is on an insulin pump to help keep her type 1 diabetes under control.
Stephen, a DJ member of The Mixing Bowl online community, who’s had the hobby for over 20 years said:
'When Róisín was diagnosed it was a huge shock to us as no one else had type 1. As new parents, we had to understand that our little girl had a potentially life threatening condition. It’s important to understand that we control the type 1 diabetes instead of it controlling Róisín, and we try not to let it hold her back.
It can be hard at times and I wanted to raise funds for JDRF in a fun and creative way – I can’t wait to reclaim the TMB Radio record! I would urge everyone to dig deep and help me raise vital funds for this fantastic charity, so that they can find a cure for Róisín and the other 29,000 children living with type 1 in the UK.
You can tune in to my set anywhere. Last year I had listeners from Japan, Australia, the US and Eastern Europe and would encourage people to host a JDRF party themselves. There is nothing stopping bars and café tuning in, to help spread the message and listen to some of my fabulous tunes. I will be sure to play Róisín's favourite song Fuego by Bomba Estereo in the set too.'
Karen Addington, CEO of JDRF said:
'Living with type 1 can be extremely challenging and it is people like Stephen who are able to assist us as he is so dedicated to the cause. We wish Stephen the best of luck and everyone here at JDRF will be tuning in.'
Anyone with internet access can tune into the broadcast, which will be streamed on the Mixing Bowl’s own broadcasting service TMB Radio. To listen to DJ Gingersteve’s set on the day go to http://radio.tmb.dj/gingersteveMP3.m3u, or if you wish to make a donation visit http://www.justgiving.com/GingerSaturday. You can also follow @DJGingersteve to get live tweets throughout Stephen’s set, so why not tweet through your song requests?
Image of the Eddleston-McGrath family - dad Stephen, mum Caitlín, Niamh (L), Róisín (R)