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/.


 4th May 18

SHOW SPONSORS SUPPORT HOSPITAL RADIOHospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has launched a new brighter sounding daily Breakfast Show thanks to programme sponsorship from Chamberlain Court Care Home: a new set of jingles to promote their support has been introduced to give the show a fresh sound for patients in local hospitals. In addition, Clearwell Mobility, the South’s leading supplier of mobility products, with one of its 12 showrooms in the South East located in Tunbridge Wells, has renewed its sponsorship of the station’s The Golden Hour, each day at 7am and weekdays at 1pm and the Request Shows on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 8pm.

As a voluntary organisation, it relies on the contributions of the public at street collections and the support of local businesses, to keep the service in operation. Therefore, the funding from Chamberlain Court Care Home and Clearwell Mobility mark important contributions. These show sponsors are helping to keep volunteer-run charity HRTW on air to provide its service to patients at local hospitals and via its online listen live service for patients at home: a bedside service that nationwide surveys have proved to be, an important aspect to patients’ well-being. There is currently a great opportunity for another local business to become the new sponsor of the charity’s Single Of The Week feature too.

As a charity broadcasting organisation HRTW cannot take paid advertising, but it is able to offer local businesses the opportunity to show their support to a local charity by enabling them to associate their name with its service via its on-air sponsored programme and feature offerings. Sponsorship jingles are played a minimum of 3 times per hour during the show being sponsored, or before and after the feature being sponsored. The presenters of the shows also make reference to the sponsor in their verbal links and it collaborates with the sponsors to create jingles that include “tag lines” which the sponsor business may include in other forms of advertising whilst its website would acknowledge their support and the cost can be accounted for as a charitable donation by the sponsor.

Chris Manser, station manager, Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells adds: “We are really proud of our local business show sponsors who are a great fit for their respective shows. Chamberlain Court Care Home, is part of a top 20 care home group called Hallmark Care Homes and we potentially see care homes as offering us a future audience, as the length of time people stay in hospital continues to fall. In fact, we are developing ideas to be able to extend our service into such premises and so this new partnership with Chamberlain Court is an ideal way of looking to our possible future. Clearwell Mobility is a fantastic supporter of ours over the years as a family-run business and regional and nationwide leader, so we are chuffed again that they have renewed with us: the synergy is clear as they are a leading supplier of mobility and home healthcare equipment in the UK which sets the standards of excellence in its sector.”

Chamberlain Court Care Home is the latest addition to the Hallmark Care Homes family. Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and named after award-winning architect, Richard Chamberlain, the care home in Tunbridge Wells features an unusual blend of award-winning design innovations and home comforts

General Manager at Chamberlain Court Care Home, Genevieve Rodrigues said: “We are delighted to be the main sponsor of the Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells Breakfast Show. The radio station provides an excellent bedside service to its patients through personal requests and we hope our sponsorship will allow the charity to continue its great work.”

Duncan Gillett, managing director, Clearwell Mobility, said: “Our ethos is based on being a 10 year old, family-run, trusted and accredited company dedicated to customer satisfaction. Our customers are our number 1 priority and we believe in the highest standards with everything we do: we recognize that this radio service is an aide to their recovery whether as an in-patient or at home through the station’s listen-live website button – that is why we continue to be a sponsor of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells’ service.”


 30th Mar 18

“ROCKET SCIENCE” LAUNCHED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RADIO SERVICEA group of singers and musicians from across Kent and Sussex have teamed up to help raise funds for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, a charity broadcasting service serving patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital. The group called HRTW Bonanza have recorded Rocket Science, written by Southborough singer / songwriter Ryan Weeks.

Hospital Radio volunteer and presenter Phil Mills started approaching local musicians to help with the charity’s SOS campaign at the end of 2016. He has continued featuring local music on his Sunday Morning radio show and also wanted to find a new way to help continue raising funds for the charity radio service. The idea for the charity song was created by The Music Fix Vlog’s Chloe Sunnucks. “I’m so excited to be a part of the charity song for Hospital Radio” says Chloe. “The service they provide for the patients is incredible. Since I brought the idea to Hospital Radio, I’m so touched they’ve invested their time to make this idea a reality”.

The song will be released as a download on i-tunes and Amazon for 99p on Tuesday 3rd April with all the proceeds from the sale of the song going to Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. To mark the launch a special day of live acoustic music will be taking place at Grub & Liquor in Tunbridge Wells from 1pm to 11pm on Saturday 31st March. There is free admission to the event and a CD of the song will be available to buy, as well a signed copy being auctioned. During the day there will be performances by all the artists on the song including Chasing Shadows, Isabella Coulstock, A Man Called Dave and a Lady Called Sophie, Lizzie Arkell and Benjamin Lewes.

The headline act will be the composer of “Rocket Science” Ryan Weeks at 10pm; “I’m super excited to be releasing the charity song, it was a big honour being asked to write it and I’ve had such a great time writing and composing the song. When I was asked to write it, I knew exactly the sentiment that I wanted to convey, a lot like in the song love isn’t Rocket Science and it should be the same with supporting great causes such as Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells as they do so much for the community and it’s a great pleasure to give back”.

Hospital Radio’s Phil Mills has been representing the charity on the project. “It’s great to have the involvement of so many talented singers and musicians from our local community in this fundraising project. I hope the money raised will go a long way to help Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells continue providing its bespoke service to patients in our local area long into the future”.


 9th Mar 18

HOSPITAL RADIO RECEIVES £3300 FROM TWODS COLLECTIONHospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has received £3,300 from the Tunbridge Wells Operatic and Dramatic Society, a record-breaking amount from their after-show collections and the first that TWODS has undertaken for the charity radio service.

The initial approach from TWODS came from Bob Board after a speech by HRTW member David Boyle at a Christian Mens' Fellowship meeting earlier in 2017 to help raise much-needed funds for HRTW. Then in mid-November 2017, TWODS was invited to the charity radio's studios for an hour-long interview to talk about the upcoming My Fair Lady show with board member Jane Morgan and leading lady Ms Allya Khammari. TWODS confirmed that it had nominated HRTW as their benefitting charity for post-performance bucket collections after this particular show. The donation was raised by 7 post-performance collections with in-costume TWODS players during their highly successful My Fair Lady 5-day run at Tunbridge Wells' Assembly Hall in November 2017.

Kevin Denman, chairman of TWODS says: "Charitable contributions from the proceeds of the Society's productions have always been an important consideration of ours: one of our aims is to put on shows that our members and our audiences want and we have a second aim - to support local charitable causes-which we have been doing for decades. We have run after-show collections with our audiences for many years but were astounded by the amount collected and really pleased for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Also there is a great synergy between ourselves and the charity radio service - we are both dedicated to the Arts and the radio service is also dedicated to its audience too-importantly to the patients. We've had a record-breaking response-My Fair Lady is always very popular but we are so pleased by the audience response-not only for the show but to top everything - the response from our after-show collections for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and we can't thank our audience enough to help keep this worthwhile volunteer radio service running."

Hospital Radio Station Manager Chris Manser adds, "We are gob smacked! This is a massive boost for us and the donation will be used to help us refresh our IT systems which have not been upgraded for 15 years and so there is an element of borrowed time with our IT systems, putting us at some risk of taking us off the air. In recognition of this fantastic contribution to our cause, we are assigning one of our on-going weekday shows, Sound Spectrum Show (4-6pm) to TWODS for the next year where we will provide on-air information about their productions which includes creating a set of jingles to acknowledge them."


 21st Feb 18

HOSPITAL RADIO TUNBRIDGE WELLS WINS £1000 FROM AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been awarded £1,000 from the Aviva Community Fund after its Votes for Remotes campaign reached the national finals. This funding helps to replace TV remote controls so that patients who cannot access the radio station through the charity’s online link or via their TuneIn app will be able to do so via channel 705 on their bedside television. When the hospital was built in 2011, each room was fitted with a plasma TV which also gave patients access to radio stations, including HRTW.
However, many of the remote controls have gone missing and the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust does not have funds to replace them. Station Manager Chris Manser said: “The volunteers at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells have worked hard to raise the funds needed to keep the radio service running. “We’re really grateful to all the people that voted for our Votes for Remotes submission to the Aviva Community Fund. Enabling more patients to listen in and enjoy our service is important. Hospital radio is a proven aide to recovery.” The NHS Trust is currently working on a solution to the TV remotes issue, and in the meantime the money will enable it to purchase some devices.
Mr Manser added: “We were concerned about reports from request collectors that a number of patients who wanted requests were unable to listen to our radio shows. Having worked so hard to maintain the service, we felt we needed to do more to ensure people could listen.”

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