Congratulations to the team at Whipps Cross Hospital Radio for winning this years Hospital Radio station of the year award which was handed out in Blackpool at the weekend. The team which includes our very own receptionist Kerry deservedly took the top prize at the ceremony which marks the start of Hospital Broadcasting week.
Across the UK thousands of volunteers run more than 200 stations which are part of the HBA. Together they work tirelessly to support patients, bringing them programmes which are of a staggering high quality. From specially written and produced drama to recording concerts, health information, football commentaries and live events like the Olymic Torch relay they entertain listeners and keep them informed about what’s going on in the outside world.
The true success of any radio station is the bond which is generated between the listener and the presenter and this is never more true than on hospital radio when a simple request can change a patient’s mood instantly, helping in their recovery. The hundreds of stations can now achieve this instantly thanks to technology and judging the awards with our weekend breakfast host Vicki Blight was once again a real reminder about how important the service is.
The awards night is a real celebration of the passion and joy of what the volunteers can achieve and a reminder of the time and energy they give selflessly to entertain others. It was also great to see a video message from The Prime Minister pledging his support to the cause alongside Hugh Bonneville, Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce and Olly Murs,
For me, it’s a chance to look out for some of the talent which may end up on stations like ours in the years to come.Thanks also go to Roberts Radios who helped us by supplying prizes for all of the winning stations plus David Lloyd at Free Radio and Amanda Parry at Capital FM who helped us supply auction items.
Well done Whipps Cross and all of the winning stations.
By Paul Sylvester – Head of Presentation at Absolute Radio