News Roundup- 17th April

Hospital Radio News

Radio Freeway in South Wales was flooded by chocolate this Easter as members of the public made Easter special for the young patients at Morriston Hospital.

Craig Astley, a DJ on the station, had been hoping for about 60 Easter eggs when he launched the appeal. Instead almost 200 eggs were donated!

The eggs were given to children in Oakwood and Dyfed wards at Morriston Hospital and to the Welsh Dragons Burns Club Easter egg hunt on Pendine sands.


Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Radio Royal has received a special message from the Queen! They are also celebrating their Diamond Jubilee in 2012 as they have been broadcasting for 60 years.

The letter was sent on behalf of the Queen and signed by the Queen’s lady-in-waiting Susan Hussey. It read “I am to send you, the staff, patients, nurses and volunteers of Radio Royal, Her Majesty’s good wishes on your 60th anniversary, and thank you very much for your kind message of loyalty and support for the Queen in this, her Diamond Jubilee year”.

As part of the Radio Royal 60-year celebrations, George Sumner, the chairman of Radio Royal, is hoping to trace as many volunteers who have worked on the station over the years as possible.

If you have been a part of the Radio Royal during the past 60 years, call Mr Sumner on             07969 231510.

Hospital Radio Basingstoke is celebrating an incredible 40 years of entertaining patients at Basingstoke Hospital this month. 

To celebrate the milestone, the team at the station will also hold a number of 40-based activities and fundraisers throughout the year, including HRB volunteers donating 40 pints of blood, and the station working in partnership with Age Concern to help 40 older people access services.

Neil Ogden, the programme controller, said that “the reason hospital radio exists has stayed the same [over the forty years] of course. It’s all about making the patients happy.”

To find out how to volunteer for HRB visit

Radio Northwick Park were out in force at their local supermarket over the weekend to raise money for charity.

The volunteers aired a special show from Sainsbury’s in Nash Way, Kenton and raised £961 over the Saturday and Sunday.

Dan Cottrell, the fundraising officer for the radio station, said he wanted to thank the public for helping raise a “phenomenal” amount of money.

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