Six local youngsters have hit the airwaves thanks to a donation from Swansway Peugeot Chester and the Cheshire Community Foundation.

Kera-Leigh Gilmartin, eight, Alfie Gilmartin, ten, Bradley Bennion, nine, Kain Stevenson, nine, Thomas Bourne, 11, and Leighton Gentile, 12, were coached by the team from Lache FM before interviewing local figures as part of a ‘Junior Journalists’ project.

Kristine Szulik from Chester Giants, Chester MP, Stephen Mosley , and Lache Ward Councillor, Alex Tate, were put on the spot by the youngsters, backed by funding from the Foundation and the Dealership.

Cheshire Community Foundation helps people who want to give back to the places in which they live by connecting them to the community and helping them invest in their local area in an intelligent and impactful way.

As part of its commitment to the local community, Swansway Peugeot Chester teamed up with the Foundation to provide the grant for the children’s radio training, to help enhance their learning.

Andrew Wakelin, dealer principal at Swansway Peugeot Chester, said: “We were keen to get involved with the project as it will not only enable local children to gain technical skills and build their confidence, but it will also allow radio listeners to learn about local issues.”

Lache FM station manager, Chris Sutton, said: “This is a really worthwhile project and having the funding from Cheshire Community Foundation and Swansway Peugeot Chester made it happen. We hope this will be a very rewarding scheme for the young people involved.”

The children’s interviews are available to listen to online at

To find out more about the ‘Junior Journalists’ project, please contact Chris Sutton at or 01244 677721.