The 50 Hour Rebellion, in aid of Bloodwise.


Join us on Rebel Radio at 8pm on Friday 26th May for our second ever original, whodunnit radio play – Murder Mystery II: Murder Harder.

Written by our very own Thomas Rowson, and starring Rebel members and other Essex students, the play is part of a series of events we’re hosting to raise money for the blood cancer research charity, Bloodwise UK.

And in case you missed it, you can catch up on our previous murder mystery, The Murder of Freddie Chalke-Marshall, here.

About The 50 Hour Rebellion


We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that Rebel has teamed up with the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity Bloodwise to create a very special fundraising event: The 50 Hour Rebellion.

At 09:00am on Thursday 11th May, Rebel Radio will be starting an extraordinary broadcast that will run non-stop until 11:00am on Saturday 13th May; that’s 50 solid hours of radio! As part of this, you can find us broadcasting live from Square Three on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, indulging in a spot of murder with a live murder mystery, and so much more! There will be some bleary eyes amongst our presenters as they take on the challenge of broadcasting in the middle of the night for the very first time. We’ve also heard rumours that Derbysaur might make an appearance…

But it’s not just radio. We will have special articles and videos at rebelessex.com as part of our event, and so much happening on our social media as well. We’ll be providing activities and all sorts of entertainment as we come together to beat blood cancer.

We’re delighted to be tying up with Bloodwise to raise money for a very particular research project being led by Professor Tariq Enver, which is looking into finding safer and more effective treatments for children diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. This project ‘will most probably revolutionise the way we see leukaemia today and provide new avenues for treating childhood and perhaps also adult leukaemia’, according to Bloodwise’s expert peer review panel, and so we’re really thrilled to be helping towards achieving this.

We’ll be announcing more details a little closer to the event, as well as how you can donate to The 50 Hour Rebellion. If you would like to find out more about the event or to find out how you can get involved, drop us a line or email our Entertainment Editor and Deputy Radio Coordinator Thomas Rowson (tr16798@essex.ac.uk).

We’ll be taking donations throughout the event, but we’re already taking donations on our JustGiving page. Every penny helps, and if you can give whatever you can, it will go a long way toward a helping fantastic charity, as well as a motivational boost to our radio presenters throughout the 50-hour marathon.

Together, we can beat blood cancer. Together, we can be unstoppable.