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Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been shortlisted in the final of 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 3 in the community category and win a share of the £10,000 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.
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As part of the CSV Make A Difference Day Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is holding an Open Day to recruit additional volunteers to help the charity run its service. Hospital Radio has been running in Tunbridge Wells since 1961 providing a bedside entertainment service to patients in the local hospitals. It is entirely run by volunteers and more help is always needed with presenting shows, collecting requests and fundraising. This open day is a chance for any one interested to come see the studios and find out more about how they could get involved. Since the closure of the Kent & Sussex Hospital where the charity was based, they have set up new studios at 23A Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (above the Mind Charity Shop) and the studios will be open for anyone to visit between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 27th October. So if you are over 18 and interested in becoming a volunteer member of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells please come and see us or if you have any queries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01892 528 528.
The Bank Holiday Weekend promises to be a long one for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells presenter Joe Mendell who will be attempting a marathon broadcast of 50 hours to raise much needed funds for the charity broadcasting service. Starting at 10am on Saturday 25th August and finishing at 12pm on Monday 27th August, the 50 hour broadcast will be heard by patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, as well as being available to listeners online via the station’s website at www.hrtw.org.uk
Joe, who has been a volunteer with Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells for 2 years, is seeking sponsorship from local businesses and individuals. He is aiming to raise £50 per hour of broadcasting and would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to sponsor him. Each hour of the broadcast will then be branded and dedicated to the sponsor of that hour. Joe commented “I originally offered to do a 24 hour broadcast, but our Station Manager Chris Manser suggested it was too easy with the aid of the computer playout system, so he challenged me to make it 50 hours to reflect the 50 years the service has been running. I always love a challenge, so agreed, how I will be feeling at end of the event is anyone’s guess, but I feel passionately about Hospital Radio and we need the funds to continue”.
The charity broadcasting service that provides a unique mix of music, entertainment and information to the patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital was left homeless when the Kent & Sussex Hospital closed. The Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust were unable to accommodate the service in the new hospital or any other site, but the volunteers could not see the service, which has been running since 1961, closedown, so they have taken on the challenge of raising the funds to pay for rented accommodation in the town centre.
Joe will be joined the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells to start the broadcast at 10am on Saturday and across the weekend he will be joined by many of the station’s volunteers and guests. Anyone who would like to take part in the broadcast are welcome to contact Joe or you can listen online via the station’s website at www.hrtw.org.uk from there you can follow the links to a special page about the broadcast and the station’s facebook page to post messages of support. Local businesses are also invited help sponsor an hour of the broadcast.
Kent Cricket Fans unable to get along to the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival will once again be able to listen to ball by ball commentary on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, thanks to Invicta Motors who have sponsored the stations coverage for a 2nd year. There will be coverage of the 4 day County Championship game between Kent and Hampsire from June 6th to 9th.
The stations commentary team of Chris Woodward, Chris Reed, Tim Godsalve and Joe Mendell will be based in the Pavilion to provide the ball-by-ball commentary, whilst Chris Manser will be based in the studio to provide regular updates on the scores from other games around the country and all the other sports news available.
The coverage will be heard by patients listening in the new Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, as well as cricket fans around the country, who will be able to hear it online via the stations website at www.hrtw.org.uk.
Chris Woodward who co-ordinates the coverage for the Hospital Radio commented "we are pleased 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 and to Invicta Motors for sponsoring our coverage again".
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells volunteer Charlotte Evans has successfully completed the Three Forts Half Marathon Challenge on May 6th in a time of 3 hours and 48 minutes, raising over £600 for the charity radio station in the process.
Charlotte said "I am delighted to have been able to raise this money for Hospital Radio, its a charity I love being a part of with my weekly Tuesday Night Request Show and knowing I was raising the money for this good cause inspired me to keep running to the finish line." Charlotte hopes to take on the greater challenge of a full marathon next year.
Station Manager Chris Manser commented "we are very proud and grateful to Charlotte for completing her half marathon, it was a tremendous achievement. I hope it also inspire others to find ways to help raise funds for the station, as with our running costs more than doubling due to being in rented accommodation, its a big challenge for the station to keep going."
Anyone who wishes to support Charlotte and her fundraising or the station in general can e-mail email@example.com
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been shortlisted in the final of the Heart of the Community Awards run by the Courier Newspaper and AXA Healthcare. They now need your votes to help them get into the top 3 in the community category and win a share of the £10,000 prize money available.
The charity broadcasting service, which is 50 years old, was forced to leave its old base at the Kent & Sussex Hospital when it closed recently. It now needs to raise over £10,000 a year to pay for rent and other running costs to keep the service running from a new base in the town centre. The patients in the new Tunbridge Wells Hospital and in the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital can currently hear programmes and there are plans to extend the service to other hospitals and similar establishments.
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Following the closure of the Kent & Sussex Hospital, the charity Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been forced to move out of its studios within the hospital. Despite years of talks with the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and more recent talks with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, neither organisation were able to offer the charity a base from which to operate. But the volunteers who run the service were determined to continue providing the patients with their bedside entertainment and so have taken up the challenge of raising money to pay for rented accommodation in the town centre.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is now available to patients in the new hospital at Pembury via the televisions provided by the League of Friends on Channel 705. The volunteers are in the process of setting up new studios in Grosvenor Road but will need to more than double their efforts to raise over £10,000 a year to pay for rent, electric and general running costs. The team are hoping some local businesses and organisations in the town may help them. The League of Friends of the new hospital have donated £1000 for this year and the decorators Brewers have sponsored the painting of the new accommodation.
Hospital Radio Station Manager Chris Manser said “we have a dedicated team of volunteers who understand the value of the service we provide to the patients and we could not see it close in our 50th year, so with time running out we had to take the decision to rent some accommodation. Now the hard work begins in setting up studios within the building and raising funds to pay for it all, but I am sure with some support from the local community we can achieve it”.
Ball-by-ball cricket commentary of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week will be available to cricket fans unable to get to the Nevill Ground in Royal Tunbridge Wells, starting on Sunday May 29th. Thanks to Invicta Motors who are sponsoring the coverage by Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Patients listening in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals will be able to enjoy the commentary along with cricket fans, who will be able to log in and listen to the coverage at www.hrtw.org.uk.
The charity broadcasting service, which is still facing an uncertain future when the Kent & Sussex hospital closes in September, will provide commentary on the four day LV County Championship game between Kent and Leicestershire from May 29th to June 1st. Their commentary team will then cover the Friends Provident T20 championship matches between Kent Spitfires and Somerset Sabres on June 3rd and against the Hampshire Royals on June 5th.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells Station Manager, Chris Manser said ‘We’re extremely pleased and excited that Invicta Motors have agreed to support our cricket coverage this year. In the last six years we have seen the number of people listening to our output steadily growing and have received very positive feedback on the professionalism shown by our commentary team. Naturally we’re hoping this won’t be the last year we’re able to supply coverage for fans unable to attend the event, but despite ongoing discussions with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and other organisations we still do not have a confirmed new base from which to run the service once the Kent and Sussex closes in September’.
Brian Murray, Executive Director of Invicta Motors said: "we are delighted to be able to support Hospital Radio and their coverage of cricket week, our sponsorship will enable them to provide the live commentary to both the patients listening in hospital and to cricket fans throughout the county that Invicta Motors is proud to serve with our dealerships in Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet".
Kent County Cricket Club has given the Hospital Radio team a prime location in the Pavilion to watch the game and provide the ball-by-ball commentary. Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells presenters Chris Woodward, Chris Reed, Tim Godsalve and Phil Mills will provide the commentary from the Nevill Ground. Whilst Chris Manser will be based at the studio to provide regular updates on the cricket scores from other matches around the country and provide entertainment during the breaks in play.
Coverage of the four-day match between Kent and Leicester from May 29th starts at 10.30am each day. While coverage of the T20 match between the Kent Spitfires and Somerset Sabres on June 3rd starts at 5pm and coverage of the match against the Hampshire Royals on June 5th starts at 2pm. It will be available by visiting www.hrtw.org.uk and clicking the ‘Listen Live’ button.
During the evening and overnight online listeners can also hear the station’s normal output including the request shows for patients in the Kent and Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is facing an uncertain future when the Kent & Sussex hospital closes next summer. Despite over five years of talks, the small charity organisation has been unable to find a new home to set up replacement studios that will serve the new Pembury hospital. The volunteers, however, are still hoping a last minute solution can be found in the local community.
Hospital Radio has been providing patients in the local hospitals with a unique bedside radio service since 1961 and it is hoped the service will continue, but despite many promises and re-assurances by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust that they would try to accommodate the service, no solution has been found to include any studios on the new Pembury hospital site.
During the planning stages a member of the Hospital Radio team attended the meetings and provision was made on the initial hospital plans to include some studios, but when the PFI team were forced to reduce the cost and overall size of the new hospital to ensure it was approved, the provision for any Hospital Radio studios was excluded. It was hoped some space could be made available in the Old Chapel building which has been listed and must remain on the Pembury hospital site, but this is now to be used by other health departments.
Talks have also recently taken place to try to accommodate the service at the Tonbridge Cottage hospital, which also receives the programmes from Hospital Radio, but despite initial enthusiasm and several possible options, the team have this week been informed there is no room left for them.
Will Dunn, Hospital Radio Technical Officer explained, “the trust has continued to express an interest in retaining Hospital Radio for the patients but simply cannot make space for us, the technology is available to enable us to broadcast from studios located elsewhere in the town but we need someone to offer us some suitable accommodation in which we can set up some studios, we can then work with the trust to connect our output to the bedside entertainment system that will be available in each patient room in the new hospital”.
It had previously been suggested that the volunteers join Hospital Radio Maidstone, which is a separate charity, but it’s strongly felt this would quickly kill the Tunbridge Wells service as it would no longer have the key ingredient of being local with volunteers visiting the patients and collecting their requests. The programmes also currently contain many local elements such as competitions with the local theatres and cinema, as well as coverage of local events such as the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week. A service based in Maidstone and shared by patients in Maidstone Hospital would be unlikely to cover such occasions and become too distant from the patients in Pembury and Tonbridge.
Chris Manser, the Station Manager of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, explained, “the most unique thing about our service is the accessibility patients have to the service, in terms of being able to have a song played and their name mentioned. Whenever we hold outside broadcast and fundraising events many people remark on the delight it gave them having a request played when they were in hospital. Given the fact patients will be isolated in individual rooms in the new hospital, there is an even greater reason to retain hospital radio and our volunteers going around to collect requests. We know the rooms will be equipped with access to many other radio and TV channels, but none of them will have the personal touch we offer”.
The charity will need to pack up and leave their current studios, which were opened in 1996, when the Kent & Sussex Hospital closes next year. However, a new home needs to be found now to allow enough time for the space to be converted into studio accommodation in the hope that the service can be transferred seamlessly.
Having now seemingly exhausted all possible options to remain sited within the Trust’s property, the volunteers are hoping a local business or individual can come to their rescue with ideas for some accommodation which can utilised by the charity.
Chris Reed, Hospital Radio Treasurer said, “because we are a relatively small charity we don’t have a great deal of money to be able to start paying large sums for rented accommodation on top of our normal running costs. We have been lucky with the Trust’s support in the last 50 years, as they have helped by covering the cost of things like the electricity and giving us the space to operate. We just hope we can find some accommodation; and to then see how we can go about funding our future”.
Hospital Radio Volunteer Presenter David Boyle added; “As volunteers we give our time and effort to the hospital for free. We know many patients enjoy and appreciate our programmes so it’s very disappointing that the Trust have left us feeling somewhat unappreciated. They have said that many patients will use portable music players, but many are not in the age group that own or use such gadgets. I really hope local people will read this and help us to retain the service, in what is supposed to be a flagship hospital. It will be very, very sad if we have to close in our 50th year.”
If you are able to offer any assistance to Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01892 528528.
To coincide with the CSV Make A Difference Day, the studios of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells at the Kent & Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells will be open on Sunday 31st October between 2-5pm for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to come and have a tour of the studios, then to discuss how they could become involved in Hospital Radio, which is a registered charity entirely run by volunteers. We are looking for people of all ages (over 18) to get involved in presenting, request collecting, fundraising, to help make a difference to people stuck in hospital and needing a friend at their bedside. For further details call 01892 528 528 or e-mail email@example.com
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is pleased to announce that cricket fans will once again be able to enjoy ball-by-ball coverage of the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week taking place at the Nevill Ground in Royal Tunbridge Wells, starting on Friday June 4th. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Cricket Club have teamed up to sponsor the online coverage of the event. Cricket Fans can log in and listen to the coverage at www.hrtw.org.uk by clicking on the “Listen Live” button.
The special programmes will be heard by patients in the Kent and Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals and for the fifth year will be made available to cricket fans via our website, thanks to the support of the local council and the county cricket club.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells Station Manager, Chris Manser said: ‘We’re extremely pleased and excited that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Cricket Club have teamed up to support us again this year. In the five years we have been providing this service to cricket fans we have seen the number of people listening to our output steadily growing and have received very positive feedback on the professionalism shown by our commentary team’.
The Hospital Radio team have been given a prime location in the Pavilion to watch the game and provide the ball-by-ball commentary. Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells presenters Chris Woodward, Chris Reed and Tim Godsalve, will be joined by Jamie Clifford and Alex Killick from Canterbury, during the commentary at the Nevill Ground.
There will be coverage of the 4 day match between Kent and Nottinghamshire from June 4th with coverage starting at 10.30am each day of play and from 5pm on June 9th for the Twenty 20 game between Kent and Sussex, until the close of play each day. It will be available by visiting www.hrtw.org.uk and clicking the ‘Listen Live’ button.
Kent Cricket Fans unable to get along to the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival will once again be able to listen to ball by ball commentaries on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, with coverage of the 4 day County Championship game between Kent and Essex from June 16th to 19th and the Twenty 20 match between Kent and Hampshire on June 22nd.
The stations commentary team of Chris Woodward, Chris Reed and Tim Godsalve will be based in the Pavilion to provide the ball-by-ball commentary, whilst Chris Manser and Tim Addicott will be based in the studio to provide regular updates on the scores from other games around the country and all the other sports news available.
The coverage will be heard by patients listening in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage Hospitals, as well as cricket fans around the country, who will be hear it online via the stations website at www.hrtw.org.uk. It is being provided in association with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Cricket Club, who have helped finance the coverage.
Do you have any old or unwanted CD albums cluttering up your home? Have you transferred your music collection to MP3 files and not sure what to do with your old CD albums? Well now you can recycle your old CD albums and help raise money for charity.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is now raising funds by recycling unwanted CD albums. So if you would like to help by donating your CD albums, simply give us a call on 01892 528 528 or visit our website homepage at www.hrtw.org.uk to give us your details and arrange to either deliver your CD albums to our studios, or set up a convenient collection.
Station Manager Chris Manser explained, "over the past 12 months with the recession and credit crunch reducing the amount we are collecting at our street and store collections by up to about 20% we needed to find another way to raise funds. So by collecting old CD albums we hope to do our bit for environment, with recycling, as well as enabling many people to help us raise some funds."
The station can only accept and make use of CD albums, which have a bar code on the case, so this does not include CD singles, newspaper freebies or collections from companies such as Readers Digest and Time Life, which do not have a bar code. Sadly we also cannot make use of vinyl records or tapes for this scheme.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells presenter Diane Clarke is celebrating again after achieving Gold in the Best Female Presenter category at the National Hospital Broadcasting Association awards for the third time.
Diane has been entering the awards for six years and has achieved a top 3 finish each time, with 3 Gold awards, 1 Silver award and 2 Bronze awards. Station Manager Chris Manser said, "we are very proud of Diane and her continued success, in the past we have mark the occasion by giving Diane some flowers, but we felt we wanted to do something different and a bit special this year, so we shall be awarding her a trophy of our own at the stations AGM".
The judges describe Dianes style as unique and slightly eccentric, but it feels as if she is sat by the patients bed having a chat and keeping them company, which really sums up what Hospital Radio presenting is all about.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been awarded a £5,000 Lottery grant that will allow it to improve the service it provides to local hospital patients. The grant, from the Awards For All scheme, will be used to replace the outdated studio computer equipment and software that keeps the station running 24 hours a day.
It will also allow the station to add a computerised music playout system to the outside broadcast equipment it uses for fundraising events throughout the year. Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells became a 24-hour service in 2004 after it won a Lottery grant to buy technology allowing it to broadcast around the clock.
Project manager Tony Finn, who oversaw the grant application, said: "Five years on, the equipment is getting old and we did not want it to affect the quality of the service we provide to patients. We are delighted that Awards For All are helping us to upgrade the system and continue providing patients with music, information and entertainment at any time of the day or night. The grant also means we can have the same facilities at our fundraising and publicity events as we have in the studios, which will enhance the quality of the broadcasts."
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is holding a special "Come And See" event on September 21st between 2 and 4pm. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about the hospital radio service to visit and tour studios, meet some of the team and even volunteer to become a member themselves.
Programme Controller Chris Manser said "as well as members of the public we are also hoping to see some of hospital staff attending this event, as we are trying to raise awareness both within the hospital as well as the local community in general".
The service which has been running since 1961 and provides a unique mix of music, entertainment and information for patients in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, can also be heard online via the stations website www.hrtw.org.uk
Anyone interested in attending the "Come And See" event is encouraged to ring the studio on 01892 528528 to get further details including how to find the studios at the Kent & Sussex Hospital.
Kent cricket fans who cannot make it to the Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week festival will be able to hear live match coverage online, thanks to Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. The charity radio station has been given permission to broadcast ball-by-ball commentary from the Nevill Cricket Ground during Kents four-day clash with Somerset from May 21 to 24, and the one-day match between Kent and Middlesex on bank holiday Monday, May 26.
As well as broadcasting live updates, analysis and interviews online at www.hrtw.org.uk, the special week of programmes will be beamed back to patients in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals.
Volunteer radio presenter Chris Woodward, who has helped co-ordinate the event for the station, said: "We are now into our third year of providing live coverage. We had a terrific response to last summers broadcast, so we are really pleased that Kent County Cricket Club have agreed to let us return again this year."
Chris Woodward will be joined by fellow hospital radio volunteers Tim Godsalve and Chris Reed in the main pavilion at the Nevill Ground, while roving reporter Jason Gray will be capturing the lighter non-cricket element of the event, talking to spectators and sampling the food and drink on offer.
Station programme co-ordinator Chris Manser will be based back at the studio, keeping listeners updated with with the scores from other county matches during breaks in play.
The coverage starts at 10.30am each day and will run until the close of play. The stations coverage of the event has been sponsored by Caffyns, the local Vauxhall and Chevrolet dealership.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells volunteer presenter Diane Clarke is celebrating this week after winning a top national award for the fifth year running.
Clarke, who presents the Sunday lunchtime show on the charity radio station, won gold in the best female presenter category at the National Hospital Radio Awards in Leeds on Saturday.
The trophy adds to the gold, silver and two bronze prizes she has picked up each year at the annual ceremony since 2004.
Les Rawlings also received a Commended Certificate for his entry in the special events category, which featured an extract from his annual Remembrance Sunday show.
The awards are part of Hospital Broadcasting Week, a nationwide event raising awareness of the work done by hospital radio and TV volunteers across the country.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, which broadcasts to the Tonbridge Cottage and Kent & Sussex hospitals, marked the occasion last weekend with a fundraising outside broadcast at Waitrose in Paddock Wood, which raised just under £440.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells were broadcasting live from Waitrose in Paddock Wood last weekend. The team of volunteer presenters presented a six-hour outside broadcast from the supermarket in Church Road to raise money for the station.
As well as entertaining shoppers, the output was beamed back to patients listening in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals. The event was part of the stations celebrations for Hospital Broadcasting Week, a nationwide event raising awareness of the work done by the 5,000 volunteers working in hospital radio and TV throughout the UK.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, which has broadcast to patients in Kent and East Sussex since 1961, is one of more than 200 stations up and down the country, run entirely by volunteers.
The station is actively looking for new recruits who would be interested in volunteering their time to help out. "We are always looking for more volunteers to help continue the service," said Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells programme controller Chris Manser.
"It is not just about presenting a show. You can collect requests, organise fundraising events, help with our record library or get involved with our training and publicity."
Anyone interested in volunteering for the station can leave their details on 01892 528 528 or visit the website at www.hrtw.org.uk.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells holds fundraising outside broadcasts throughout the year. The last event, in Tonbridge last month, raised £726, up more than 20 per cent on the previous year. The collection in Paddock Wood raised just under £440, which is slightly up on their 2007 total.
Two volunteer presenters at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells are celebrating after making it on to the shortlist for the National Hospital Radio Awards.
The awards are run by a national charity, the Hospital Broadcasting Association, and aim to recognise the achievements of the 4,800 people who volunteer their time to one of the 230 hospital radio stations in the UK.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells presenter Diane Clarke has been shortlisted for best female presenter for the fifth year running. Since she joined the charity station in 2002, Clarke has won two bronze awards, a silver and a gold at the annual ceremony.
Les Rawlings, who joined the charity station in 1996, entered the awards for the first time this year and has been shortlisted for best special event. Rawlings, who served in the Royal Signals and went on to work for the Broadcasting Group of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Crowborough, submitted an extract from his annual Remembrance Sunday programme.
The team of volunteers at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells are now keeping their fingers crossed for the pair, who will find out whether they have won at the ceremony in Leeds on March 29.
Shoppers in Crowborough gave generously to Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells last Saturday (26 January), raising almost £500.
The charity station, run entirely by volunteers, was kindly allowed to spend the day broadcasting from Waitrose in Crowborough town centre, and the live shows were beamed back to patients in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottage hospitals.
The outside broadcast raised a total of £483.69, which will help the station continue broadcasting 24 hours a day to the two hospitals with a lively mix of news, sport, music and patient requests.
The event was the latest in a series of regular fundraising days for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, which has entertained local hospital patients for more than 45 years. The next event takes place at Waitrose in Tonbridge on 23 February.
Caffyns Vauxhall and Chevrolet in Tunbridge Wells have become the latest local business to support the work of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Caffyns have become the station’s music sponsor, by providing funds to enable the charity station to buy two new songs each week, one of which is featured on their programmes as the Single of the Week and to enable the team to play more patient requests.
Diane Clarke, Station Manager of Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells said: “We are very pleased Caffyns 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, such as Enrique Inglesias, Take That and Mika, 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, 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.
During a presentation at the radio station to confirm the sponsorship, Chris Loveys, General Sales Manager of Caffyns Vauxhall and Chevrolet in Tunbridge Wells said; “it gives our company great pleasure to help a local good cause such as Hospital Radio, we look forward to a long and mutually successful working relationship between Caffyns Vauxhall and Chevrolet and Hospital Radio.”
The support of Caffyns will be acknowledged when the station plays The Single Of The Week throughout its programmes. Tony Finn, Projects Officer, for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells added; “it is encouraging for our team that local businesses are willing to support us, we are delighted that Caffyns 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”.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has been awarded £500 by the BT Community Champions award scheme thanks to the voluntary work of Chris Manser, who works for BT and is a member of the station. Run by BTs charity programme, BT Community Champions awards BT people with funding on behalf of local community groups, charities and organisations where they work on a voluntary basis. The grant will be used towards updating the stations playout computer system.
Further details about the award scheme can be found at www.btcommunitychampions.com
Its been announced today that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will sponsor the Cricket Week coverage being provided by Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells to its listeners in the Kent & Sussex and Tonbridge Cottages hospitals and online via its website to Kent Cricket fans.
Cllr James Scholes, Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said ‘We are delighted to be able to support the Hospital Radio team in providing cricket coverage to those in hospital.
We are also pleased that their coverage will not be limited to hospital patients, any cricket fans can listen live online.’ Coverage starts on June 6th.
Kent County Cricket Fans unable to get to the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells for the town’s annual Cricket Week festival won’t need to miss any of the action, when Kent play Yorkshire in the County Championship from June 6-9th, followed by matches against Hampshire and Gloucestershire in the Friends Provident Trophy on June 10th and 13th, as they will be able to log in and listen to ball-by-ball coverage being provided by Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells via this website.
The special week of programmes will be heard by patients in the hospitals served by the charity broadcasting service and for the 2nd year will be made available to cricket fans via this website. Chris Woodward who has co-ordinated the event for the radio station said “last year we managed to provide ball-by-ball coverage for the first time in many years and we made it available via our website, we had a terrific response, so we’re extremely pleased and excited that Kent County Cricket Club have agreed to let us return again this year”.
Chris Woodward will be joined by Chris Reed and Tim Godsalve in the commentary box at the Nevill Ground, whilst Tim Addicott, Will Dunn and Chris Manser will be based at the studio to keep listeners updated with the scores from other county matches and reports from the Third Test between England and the West Indies, as well as playing some music during the breaks in play.
The Cricket coverage will start at 10.30am each day of play and will run until the close of play each day.
Here is a unique chance for two lucky lads to get themselves a dinner date for Valentines Day. Karen Burke of the Afternoon Show on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and her friend, also called Karen, are auctioning themselves off for a dinner date on Valentine’s night.
They’re doing this to help raise funds for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and to sponsor a trek to Kilimanjaro, via the Prince’s Trust. So if you’re a lad looking for a Valentine’s date or know a guy who needs a date, you can go and visit the website www.datekaren.co.uk and make a bid.
One date will consist of a meal for two, sponsored by Brasserie Blanc in Tunbridge Wells. The other date will be a meal for two at another restaurant in the town yet to be announced. All proceeds will go to the girls chosen charities.
To see photos of the girls and to find out a bit more about them you can visit their website which is www.datekaren.co.uk. The bidding closes at 4pm on February 13th, so don’t delay go and make a bid today.
Its National Giving Week from October 16th to 22nd and to mark the occasion Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is holding an Open Day between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 22nd October. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in Hospital Radio to come and find out more about the service. This includes staff who work in the hospitals, former or current listeners and people who are perhaps interested in joining the team as a volunteer member.
Visitors will be invited to join Award Winning Presenter Diane Clarke for an "on air" chat during their visit. To find out where the studios are situated at the Kent & Sussex hospital please call 01892 528 528.
Local West Kent hospital patients will not miss the excitement of Tunbridge Wells Cricket Week at the Nevill Cricket Ground, courtesy of live coverage from Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. The special in-house radio station is providing live comprehensive “ball by ball” coverage for the 3 matches Kent play with Ireland, Warwickshire and Sussex between May 29th and June 4th. A team of the station’s volunteers will be interviewing players and analyzing the matches as well as giving ball-by-ball commentary, to bring these matches to the patients’ bedsides. The coverage will also be available online courtesy of a special license obtained for this event. This will enable the public to hear the station’s output during that week, via their website.
The commentary team is being led by station volunteer and presenter Chris Woodward, who said “I’m delighted we’re able to provide comprehensive coverage this year, our thanks go to Jon Fordham the Commercial and Development manager at Kent County Cricket Club for allowing us to attend and cover the entire week, it’s especially appropriate this year coinciding with the town’s 400th year celebrations”.
Press Officer Cathie Burgess said “This is very exciting for both our listeners and for us. In addition to our normal sports coverage throughout weekends, we have been able to really ‘go to town’ for cricket week. This is also the first time the public has been able to listen to our output online and may encourage some people to join us. We broadcast twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and we are a charity, run entirely by volunteers so it is important to get the public involved.”
The event is also being supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as part of the towns 400th year celebrations.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells have finalists in 4 categories of this year’s prestigious Hospital Broadcasting Association’s National Annual Awards. The award ceremony will take place on 1st April in Blackpool when the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to three of the ten finalists in each category.
Programme Controller, Chris Manser said, “We are very proud of all of our finalists; Nicky Chappell is a finalist for Best Newcomer, Stephen Butler is a finalist for Best Speech Package for his interview with the Air Ambulance Team, Tim Addicott, Chris Woodward and our “Saturday Action” programme have been short listed for Best Sports Coverage and Diane Clarke is hoping for a Gold in this year’s Best Female Presenter Award after achieving Silver last year and Bronze in 2004.”
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells volunteers regularly make ward visits to take requests for peoples’ favourite music, or sometimes just to talk to the patients. The station comprises around 50 volunteers who range in age from those still at school to those who remember school as a dim and distant memory. Not all volunteers present shows, some work as engineers and technicians, the station is run by a committee who take care of the administration, and there are also fundraisers and request collectors. There are hospital radio or television services in around 90% of hospitals in the UK, actively working to entertain and inform.
The Hospital Broadcasting Association describes Hospital Radio stations as “A friend at the Bedside”. These awards recognize the achievements and talents of those involved in Hospital Broadcasting, all of whom are volunteers and give their time freely.
It's National Hospital Broadcasting Week from April 2nd to 10th and to mark the occasion Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells is holding an Open Day between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 10th April. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in Hospital Radio to come and find out more about the service. This includes staff who work in the hospitals, former or current listeners and people who are perhaps interested in joining the team as a volunteer member.
To find out where the studios are situated at the Kent & Sussex hospital please call 01892 528 528.
Diane Clarke presenter of the Sunday Lunch show on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has won Silver in the Best Female Presenter category in the National Hospital Radio Awards for 2004/5. Last year Diane took Bronze and had told colleagues before attending the ceremony in Belfast that she didn't think she would win anything this year.
Station Manager Will Dunn said "It's been a tough year for Diane, so we are all pleased and very proud of her for getting this award". Diane received a trophy and a cheque for £150. So next year will it be Gold for Diane??
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells raked in £290 at their recent Outside Broadcast from the window of Brewers in Sevenoaks High Street on Saturday, 12th February. Volunteers from Hospital Radio were stationed along the street and collected money from passers by who, despite the rain gave generously. The staff and management at Brewers were, as always, extremely hospitable and Hospital Radio members enjoyed the day despite the bad weather.
During the day shoppers were given the chance to win competition prizes donated by the Odeon, Tunbridge Wells and store manager Bob Seale ran an instore competition for customers to win a Brewers Goodie Pack. See photos of this event in the gallery.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells started it's festive season of programmes with a two day outside broadcast at the recently re-furbished and re-named Co-Operative Home Store. The two-day stint, which took place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December raised over £555, two thirds up on last year’s total.
Press Officer, Cathie Burgess said “this really does prove the spirit of giving was in the air, - we have quite a lot of notes pressed into our tins, as well as small change so it really gave everyone who was involved a good feeling. The new Co-Operative Home Store looks great too, I think that helped a lot!” Volunteers from Hospital Radio donned Santa Hats and hosted a live Outside Broadcast in the new-look store’s window, as well as hosting a raffle with prizes given by the Co-Operative Home Store.
Hospital Radio showed their appreciation of the store’s ongoing support with the presentation of a special Certificate to Deputy Manageress Claire Gee on Saturday morning, by Station Manager Will Dunn. See gallery for photos of this event.
The Hospital Radio Outside Broadcast Team had a successful day at Sainsburys Tunbridge Wells and despite being the end of October the weather was kind and the sun was shining. Customers visiting the store kindly donated £473. 43, which almost matched the total collected in 2003.
During the afternoon Station Manager Will Dunn presented the store's Duty Manager Ian Tasker with the first "Thank You" certificate, which has been designed by Cathie Burgess and will be presented in future to those organisations and stores which support Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. See photos of the day in our photo gallery.
The Hospital Radio Team held a very successful outside broadcast and collection at Sainsburys in Otford Road, Sevenoaks on Saturday 7th August. Despite concerns that the hot sunny weather would keep people away from the shopping a total of £454 was raised, which was slightly down on the 2003 total. There was a slight hiccup at the start of the day when the engineering team found one of the CD players was not working correctly, but Programme Controller Chris Manser was swiftly despatched to the studio to collect a replacement and listeners were none the wiser.
The event also marked the Outside Broadcast debut of Chris Woodward, Barbara Manackjee and Diane Clarke, who each did their first solo OB shows under the watching eye of engineer Arthur Hosmer. The shows were broadcast live from 10am to 4pm from the store back to the hospitals.
The Annual Tonbridge Street Collection was a great success this year with a total of £445 being collected. This is an increase of 76% on the 2003 total. The Hospital Radio team spent the day broadcasting from the window of Bewise in Tonbridge High Street whilst the collection took place.
The day started sunny and warm, with presenter Tony Finn sweltering in the heat as he presented the first show, but a sharp shower soon cooled things down at midday, but despite this the collecting continued. Treasurer Chris Reed commented "it's one of the best collections we've ever had in Tonbridge, thanks to lots of team work." You can see photos of this event in the photo gallery.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells have been awarded 4 new CD players as a result of the fundraising efforts of the White Horse Public House, Otham, near Maidstone. Peter Bonner, Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee for The White Horse, presented the CD players to volunteers from the station at the White Horse. The presentation was hosted by Peter and Lorraine Lea who run the White Horse.
The station was nominated for the award by Jason Williams who is a regular customer at the pub when not presenting shows at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. Jason was joined by Steve Hobbs and Will Dunn at the presentation. The new CD players will replace some 10 year old equipment in the studios.
A quiz team representing Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells attended a quiz night being hosted by Hospital Radio Maidstone at Aylesford Community College on July 2nd and managed to come 3rd out of the 12 teams that took part.
The team of Cally Howes, Jon Borley, Vince Cox, Steve Hobbs, Diane Clarke and members of her family enjoyed the evening with a sausage and chip supper and the quiz. Another quiz night in aid of HRTW is to be held this autumn.
The Oldie magazine has officially become the sponsor of the request shows on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. The magazine described as a haven for fun, good sense and quality writing is published monthly. Presenter Diane Clarke contacted the magazine to see if they would be interested in becoming our newest sponsor and given the similarities in the age range being targetted by the magazine and those often found in the wards of the hospitals served by the station they felt it was an excellent idea.
The Oldie Magazine will be sponsoring the request shows on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for the next 12 months. You can find out more about the magazine by visiting their website at http://www.theoldie.co.uk/
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells officially launched it 24 hour a day service today. A launch party was held in the hospital's Postgraduate Centre and the team were joined by BBC South East Today presenter Ceri Thompson who pressed the launch button to start the new service. Representatives from several organisations that support the station attended along with many of the volunteer members.
Newly elected Station Manager Will Dunn explained this was "the climax of a project which started in February 2003 when the station was awarded £5000 by the National Lottery". The special launch show was hosted by award winning presenter Diane Clarke, Tim Addicott and Stuart Boyle. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Ceri, who agreed to attend the event at the 11th hour, when sadly the Chief Executive of the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Rose Gibb advised the team she was unable to attend.
A bouquet was also presented to Cathie Burgess who organised the event and arranged all the food which was enjoyed by all those who attended. (See gallery for photos of this event).
The station's Annual General Meeting took place at the Royal Wells Inn on May 16th, during which Diane Clarke was officially awarded her recent HBA Bronze Award for Best Female Presenter in the UK. She also received a bouquet of flowers presented by Treasurer Chris Reed.
Tim Addicott was awarded the Silver Mic Award, which is an annual award made by the Station Manager to a member of the team for their outstanding contribution to station activities throughout the year. Tim won the award for his work in assisting with the setting up of the new Myriad computer playout system, his work on the Saturday Action Sports show and for regularly attending the station's various fundraising events.
Other members who were finalists in this year's award were Stephen & Anette Parris for their work in the wards promoting Hospital Radio whilst collecting requests and Cathie Burgess who has taken on the role of Press Officer with great success, she has also been heavily involved in the setting up of the station's 24/7 Launch event due to take place on May 29th.
During the meeting the annual election of officers to serve on the station's management committee took place. Both Station Manager Chris Manser and Secretary Jerry Miller stood down from their roles, although Chris said he intended to continue in the role of Programme Controller, subject to being elected. When nominations were asked for each post only one candidate came forward for each of them, so the following people were duly elected. Will Dunn as Station Manager, Diane Clarke as Secretary, Chris Reed as Treasurer for the 23rd year running!! Chris Manser as Programme Controller and Arthur Hosmer as Station Engineer. Will Dunn will hold the dual post of also continuing to be IT Manager, responsible for Myriad, along with Marketing and Promotions, although it was announced that some of the committee roles and responsibilities would be reviewed and possibly realigned.
The Hospital Radio Team held a very successful outside broadcast and collection at the Crowborough branch of Waitrose on Saturday 17th April. During the day Sir Jeffrey Johnson-Smith the former MP and broadcaster joined the team for an interview and expressed an interest in getting the hospital radio service extended to the town's own hospital.
It was the 2nd year that the team had put on a broadcast from the store in Crowborough, the equipment was set up by the engineering team led by Arthur Hosmer in the lift lobby overlooking the car park. (See gallery for photos) The team also held a collection and raise just under £278, which was slightly down on the total in 2003.
Diane Clarke presenter of the Sunday Lunchtime show on Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has won the Bronze Award for Best Female Presenter in the Hospital Broadcasting Association national awards for 2003/4.
Diane, who has been a member of the station for around two years, enjoys a variety of hobbies including keeping speckled hens, gardening and needlework. Station Manager Chris Manser said “We are very proud to have Diane on our team. She is a dedicated volunteer who gives her time to the station freely.” Diane receives a trophy, certificate and £100.
When told she had won she could not believe it and thought it was a late April Fools joke, but having been assured it was true she vowed to "go for gold" next year!!
The Co-Op Store in Tunbridge Wells has become the latest business to support HRTW by agreeing to become a show sponsorship.
From Monday 5th April the station's Breakfast Shows will be sponsored by the Co-Op Store. Store Manager Adam Medhurst said "we have supported the radio service for many years by allowing them to hold events at our store, so when this opportunity was presented to us I was pleased to be able to become one of the station's on-air sponsors."
The Co-Op joins, Waitrose, Pegasus Retirement Homes, Odeon Cinema, Trinity Theatre and Howes of Southborough as on-air sponsors of various programmes and station features.
The Hospital Radio Outside Broadcast team added a new venue to their list of events on March 13th when they made their first visit to Waitrose in Tonbridge.
Station Manager, Chris Manser said, “We were very excited to be allowed to broadcast from this new Waitrose store. It was a new challenge for the team who had not set up an outside broadcast in this store before, but it all went very smoothly and we had a great day.”Waitrose supports Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells by sponsoring the station’s “Single of The Week” and their weekday “Magic Moments” each evening at 6pm.
Marketing manager from Waitrose Matthew Gaunt said “We are pleased to be able to support hospital radio, with four of our stores in the area covered by Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells we felt it was appropriate for Waitrose to support their charity work for the patients.”The team managed to collect £350 during the day.
Photos of this and other events can be found in our gallery.
Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells held a very successful outside broadcast and Collection in Sevenoaks on February 14th, based at the Brewers store in the High Street. Despite poor weather and a seemingly slow start the team ended the day with £298, which was about £60 up on the total in 2003.
A great day was had by all, made even more special by the enthusiasm and participation of the shop staff led by their manager Bob Searle.
Being Valentine's Day the team ran a Valentine's Challenge Competition to win a bottle of pink champagne and a box of chocolates, these were won by Vivian & Morris Manning.
Photos of this and other events can be found in our gallery.
On January 19th the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust formally launched their Patient Power Project, which as part of the Government's scheme which will see the Wandsworth Group installing their Tele-Call Digital system into the Maidstone, Kent & Sussex & Pembury hospitals. They should be starting this work in Maidstone in the summer and then moving onto the Tunbridge Wells hospitals in the autumn, with an aim of completing the installation by the end of the year.
The new system will give patients bedside access to many facilities including television, telephone and radio. Hospital Radio will be made available to patients via this system and it will end the years of problems with broken radios and missing headsets.
HRTW held another successful outside broadcast and collection at the Co-Op Store in Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells on December 13th & 14th. This year in addition to the normal collection the store manager Adam Medhurst set up a free customer raffle, which helped boost the collection total to £333. A good time was had by everyone involved.
Photos of this and other events can be found in our gallery.
HRTW's work in the community has been recognised at county level when they won the Kent Volunteering Excellence Award sponsored by Kent County Council and the Marlowe Theatre.
These awards have been running for 5 years and members of the public nominate groups and individuals for recognition of their voluntary work. The station received a certificate and trophy at a gala awards ceremony in Ashford.
A team of 5 station members, Stephen & Anette Parris, Tim Addicott, Cally Howes and Chris Merriman. Completed a 13 mile walk around Bewl Water and raised £800 for HRTW. The group were sponsored by friends, work colleagues and family.
Stephen Parris said "it was a lovely day and we managed to complete the walk in just over four hours." The team also received a £20 donation from another couple of walkers during the event.
HRTW Presenter Tony Finn is a Project Manager for Siemens by day. So when he heard about the Siemens Employees in the Community Awards he entered Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells into the awards.
As a result the station has been awarded £250. This money is to be used to purchase additional CDs for the library to fill some of the gaps when patients request a song and we don't have it.