Honorary Fellowship awarded to Radio Wave founder

Myerscough College is delighted to announce the awarding of its latest Honorary Fellowships to Radio Wave founder, John Barnett MBE DL, and his wife, Danielle.

John & Danielle Barnett have accepted the highest honour that the College can bestow and have now been inducted into the College’s elite group of inspirational people and join a very exclusive club that contains names from the world of business, sport and entertainment.

John Barnett MBE DL & Danielle Barnett

Danielle and John have been married for 35 years and together they have built several successful businesses, yet always found time to help and benefit others with their charitable work and community involvement. 

In the 1980s, their company was the very first supplier for Red Nose Day, while in 1992 they successfully launched Blackpool’s commercial radio station, Radio Wave. The couple have raised funds for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s MRI scanner & the Macmillan Cancer Unit, as well as giving up their time to local charities, social enterprises, community projects and various boards. This is despite Danielle being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

In 2000, John was awarded an MBE for services to radio and then later in 2007 appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire. He’s just finished a year of service as the High Sheriff of Lancashire. The couple are the founders and patrons of the Blackpool Carers Centre and are particularly proud of the wonderful relationship between Myerscough College and the centre following the DIY SOS programme on BBC television. 

John & Danielle said: ‘’It’s an unbelievable honour and we’re immensely proud to take a Fellowship.

‘’One of the most amazing places we saw last year during my period of serving as High Sheriff of Lancashire was when we visited Myerscough and we were so impressed by the learners and teaching team at this great college. This is truly a special place and we’ll continue our support for the wonderful work you do.

‘’On behalf of Danielle and I, we’ll become a lifelong friend of this wonderful college.’’

‘’To all the graduating students, we would like to say congratulations on reaching such an incredible milestone. You should all be justifiably proud. Throughout the twists and turns of life try to remember that you make a living by what you earn…BUT you’ll make a life by what you give.’’

John & Danielle Barnett are awarded a joint Myerscough College Honorary Fellowship in recognition for their outstanding contribution to business, charitable and community work throughout Lancashire.

They join a fellowship list including the likes of ex-Manchester United manager, David Moyes; football legends Jimmy Armfield CBE & Sir Tom Finney; cricketer Andrew Flintoff; and supermarket entrepreneur, Edwin Booth.

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