Our News

Throughout the year we're involved in fundraising, outside broadcasts and other events. We'd like to share our news with you.

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/.


 1st Mar 17

SUPPORT FROM KCC AND COUNCILLOR CHRISTOPHER HOAREHospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has received its first-ever grant funding life-line of £5000 from the Kent County Council’s Combined Member Grants Scheme. This funding will go a long way towards helping keep the volunteer-run charity on air to provide its service to patients at local hospitals and via its online listen live service for patients at home.

County Councillor Christopher Hoare, KCC member for Tunbridge Wells East said, “I am very happy to support Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and its volunteer members to help keep them on air and we have been following their amazing fundraising campaign. We are very pleased too because this is the first time that Kent County Council has provided funding to Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. I also wish all the very best to the staff and patients who receive this valuable service at Tonbridge Cottage Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury, based within my Tunbridge Wells East division. We want to keep this worthwhile volunteer radio service funded for posterity so please keep donating – it is so very significant to our community.”

Hospital Radio Station Manager Chris Manser explained, “We are most grateful to County Councillor Christopher Hoare and the Kent County Council for supporting us to save our service which has given us a massive boost in addition to the £4000 plus raised during our marathon broadcast and combined these will fill the shortfall for this year. This funding will help us continue for the year 2017/18 and will buy us time to further our own fundraising effort to enable the service to continue beyond this period. Hospital radio has a vital role to play in aiding the recovery of patients and giving people an opportunity to give back to the community. No other kind of radio service can provide the personal touch that patients receive through person to person requests as a bedside service. As volunteers we do it for the love and enjoyment we get from doing it and the comfort and pleasure we give the patients. Long may we continue to serve them.


 24th Feb 17

THANK YOU TO SHOW SPONSORSClearwell Mobility has come to the rescue and helped secure the immediate future of the Request Shows on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells by sponsoring the shows for the next 12 months. They are amongst several companies including Nivek Catering Supplies and South East Pest Control who responded to the charity’s appeal for support to help keep the charity radio station on air.

For the last 2 years Clearwell Mobility have supported the charity by sponsoring the Golden Hour show, which is broadcast each weekday at 7am and 1pm. But upon hearing the news that the charity needed further help Clearwell Mobility decided to extend their sponsorship to incorporate the patient request shows which are broadcast on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8pm.

Duncan Gillett, Managing Director of Clearwell Mobility said ““We are very happy to both renew our sponsorship of the Golden Hour for a third consecutive year as well as now sponsoring the very popular Request Show. Hospital Radio plays an important role in boosting patient’s morale when staying in hospital and we are delighted to help the team to continue with the great work they do.”

Nivek Catering Supplies will be sponsoring the Monday Night Treatment which is broadcast at 8pm on Mondays, while South East Pest Control has agreed to sponsor Tuesday’s Magic Moments which is broadcast at 6pm on Tuesdays. All the shows can be heard by patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital. They can also be heard by anyone listening online via the charity’s website at hrtw.org.uk or via the Tune In app on mobile and tablet devices.

Chris Manser, Station Manager explained “we are delighted to receive help from some local businesses who have responded to our appeal for support, while we cannot take direct advertising we are able to acknowledge their support via our show sponsorship packages, so if any other businesses feel they would like to discuss having their name associated with our shows, we still have several important show slots available including the Breakfast Show and Afternoon Show”.

The charity’s volunteers held a Big SOS Broadcast between Christmas and New Year which has now raised almost £4000. This will enable the charity to end its financial year without a shortfall in funding, however their fundraising will need to continue if the team are to secure their longer term future.

Amongst the local businesses and people that sponsored the Big SOS Broadcast are East Peckham Parish Magazine, Abbeyfield Kent Society, Southborough Scaffold Services Ltd, Tesco at Pembury, Fuggles Beer Cafe, South East Carpentry, Crutch Brothers Removals, Tonbridge Lighting, Coppendale Joinery, Mark Jenner and Graham Revell.


 1st Jan 17

THE BIG SOS BROADCAST - A BIG THANK YOUThank you to everyone who took part in our marathon Big SOS Broadcast and to those who generously donated to our cause. One Hundred Hours of wall to wall fundraising, features, music and chat to help Save Our Service which is threatened with closure due to rising running costs.

By the end of the broadcast we had raised over £3000 and there is still time to donate! Click the MyDonate button above to help save a valuable service that broadcasts to patients in both the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital as well as online to their friends and families.

Thank you to the following sponsors who supported the Big SOS Broadcast...

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund, East Peckham Parish Magazine, The Abbeyfield Kent Society, Southborough Scaffold Services Ltd, Nivek Catering Supplies, Tesco at Pembury, Fuggles Beer Cafe - Tunbridge Wells, Froffy and Phoam - Tunbridge Wells, South East Carpentry, Crutch Brothers Removals, Tonbridge Lighting, Coppendale Joinery, Mark Jenner, Graham Revell, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Tunbridge Wells.

If you would like to sponsor a show during 2017 please contact us at info@hrtw.org.uk from as little as £50 for a weekly show to £250 for a daily weekday show.

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