Simon Rowe with his wife Jo, their children Holly and Jake and Simon’s dad, Tom, with the mayor, mayoress and deputy mayor at the town hall. Pictures: Ian Burt.

A rare “contribution to the community” award has been presented to a popular local radio presenter.

West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey and Deputy Mayor Lesley Bambridge presented the accolade to Simon Rowe at King’s Lynn Town Hall last Saturday in recognition of all the work he does for the community, including raising thousands of pounds for charities.

Mr Humphrey said: “Simon Rowe has been part of, and broadcast to, West Norfolk for nearly a quarter of a century. 

“In that time, he has raised nearly £500,000 for charity. He could just sit back and play music on the radio but he chooses to do so much more and continues to make a valued and positive contribution. 

“I thank him for the work he does and the influence he has used to benefit people in our community.

Mr Rowe, owner and presenter at Radio West Norfolk, said: “I’m honoured to be receiving this award. It was my last day on air on KL.FM when I discovered the mayor was bestowing this on me.

Simon with his award.

“Being on the radio and doing the job I love for the last 24 years has always been about so much more than just playing music, I wanted to change peoples’ lives. 

“I’d like to thank the many people who have supported me along the way with their generosity, without them we would not have achieved what we have done. Long may it continue.”

Mr Rowe has raised thousands of pounds from various appeals held over the years and in the last two years, as Radio West Norfolk, has teamed-up with Your Local Paper to spearhead successful joint Christmas toy and Easter egg appeals.

The Easter appeal is currently running until today (Friday) and Mr Rowe has been at some of the supporting supermarkets meeting shoppers as they make their donations. 

He will also be at the appeal collection point on Monday making sure more than 40 charities and good causes get their treats in time for Easter.