We work closely with the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust in order to make sure our service can be heard in the hospitals we serve. If you want to find out a bit more about their news, please see their news page at https://www.mtw.nhs.uk/news/.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been shortlisted in the Heart of the Community Awards run by the Courier Newspaper and AXA PPP Healthcare. They now need your votes to help them get into the top 5 in the community category and win a share of the £15,000 prize money available.
The charity broadcasting service, needs to raise over £15,000 a year to pay for rent and other running costs to keep the service running from rented accomodation in the town centre. The service provides bedside entertainment to patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and in the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital.
Voting coupons are available in the Courier Newspapers and Sevenoaks Chronicle on September 6th, 13th and 20th. Voting closes on September 29th. Please vote for project 1038 - Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Or by text voting from September 12th. Send the text - KS Heart 1038 your name and postcode (dont forget to include spaces). Send the text to 65100 (from September 12th). Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells needs your support and your votes!!
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is one of the charities taking part in the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme in the Tonbridge and Paddock Wood branches during September and the Crowborough branch in October. If you or anyone you know shops at Waitrose please consider donating your green tokens to us via the collecting tubes in the store. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes that you choose. At the checkout, you’ll receive a token. Just place it in the collecting tube of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Your support would be very much appreciated by our team of volunteers and the patients who get to enjoy our service.
Invicta Motors, the Honda and Mazda Dealership in Dowding Way, Tunbridge Wells have become the latest local business to support the work of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Invicta Motors have become the station’s new music sponsor, by providing funds to enable the charity radio station to buy new songs which will be featured on their programmes as the Single of the Week and enable the team to play more patient requests.
Chris Manser, Station Manager of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells said: “We are very pleased Invicta Motors have agreed to support us, whilst many patient requests are still for old classics by people such as Jim Reeves, Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, we are getting an increasing number of requests for more modern artists, so it’s important that we have the funds available to buy new songs each week and keep our record library up to date.”
The charity station entirely run by volunteers serves the patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital. The programmes can also be heard online via the station’s website at www.hrtw.org.uk for those people recovering at home or for friends and relatives to listen and enjoy the requests they have made for loved ones in the hospitals. The station, which has been running since 1961, has a large record and CD library with over 68,000 titles in it, to try and fulfill all the requests it receives.
Mark Cundy, General Manager at Invicta Motors in Tunbridge Wells said; “it gives our company great pleasure to be able to help a local good cause such as Hospital Radio, we have been supporting the service for several years with their Cricket Week coverage and when this opportunity for us to be able to extend it to all year support by becoming their new music sponsor, we were happy to support them.”
The support of Invicta Motors will be acknowledged when the station plays the Single Of The Week throughout its programmes. Chris Reed, Treasurer for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells added; “it is encouraging for our team that local businesses are willing to support us, we are delighted that Invicta Motors have joined our team and we would be pleased to hear from other local businesses who may wish to support us by sponsoring some of our shows”.
Patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital will once again be able to enjoy ball-by-ball coverage of the four day County Championship match between Kent and Leicestershire as part of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival, thanks to the volunteers at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, from May 29th to June 1st.
The coverage which is being sponsored by Invicta Motors will also be made available to cricket fans online who are unable to get along to the Nevill Ground to watch the action in person via the charity’s website at www.hrtw.org.uk and clicking on the listen live button.
The station’s commentary team of Chris Woodward, Chris Reed and Joe Mendell will be based in the Pavilion to provide the ball-by-ball commentary, whilst Chris Manser and Tim Godsalve will be based in the Hospital Radio studio to provide regular updates on the scores from other games around the country and all the other sports news available during the lunch and tea breaks.
Chris Woodward who co-ordinates the coverage for Hospital Radio commented "we are delighted to be able to provide commentary on the 4 day match again this year, our thanks to Kent County Cricket Club for allowing us to attend".
The Hospital Radio team have been providing ball-by-ball commentary on matches from the Nevill Ground for the last 7 years. Although, coverage of the event originally started back in the mid-1970’s when volunteers from the charity radio station used to have their own cricket commentary tower constructed at the ground and had to do the commentary by telephone.
Station Manager Chris Manser said, “despite the fact that the BBC have now followed our lead and started to provide online coverage of the matches in Tunbridge Wells, we still feel it’s important for us to provide our ball-by-ball commentary for the patients who cannot hear the BBC coverage and thanks to the support of Invicta Motors, cricket fans around the world can also get to enjoy the match. In the past couple of years we have had some very positive feedback on the quality of our commentary, so I would encourage cricket fans to give our coverage a try instead of the BBC”.
Listen live to the cricket commentary at www.hrtw.org.uk and click the Listen Live button.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells would like to thank the staff and customers at John Lewis for supporting us and raising £630 in their Community Matters scheme.
Thanks also to Chris Woodward for arranging our nomination. He and Chris Reed went along for the cheque presentation.