Community radio station Ribble FM is battling for its survival after it announced its pot of money has almost run out.

The station is putting on a 12-hour non-stop broadcast marathon to raise funds after advertisers pulled out one-by-one due to money troubles caused by Covid-19.

In a statement on their Facebook page, a spokesperson said: "Keeping our community informed and up to date throughout the last few months has taken some real dedication on all fronts from the Ribble FM team.

"Sadly due to many businesses being affected by the crisis, we have had many of them cancel their advertising budgets as they too were struggling, this has had a serious knock on effect and our financial reserves are almost depleted.

"Of course we want to keep providing the music, news, and entertainment to our community and we have had some very kind donations from individuals and local organisations, but its come to a point where we need a little extra help."

Taking place on Saturday - the station's fourth birthday - staff have invited listeners to join them at the studio and meet its presenters.

The not-for-profit station has enjoyed support from Clitheroe firms such as The Grand Venue, where the station is based, and Fort Vale Engineering.

It follows the announcement in June that the Ribble FM's founder - businesswoman Kath Lord-Green - was stepping down from the station after four year.