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Past and present volunteers at Hospital Radio Reading (HRR) celebrated its 60th birthday with the opening of a brand new state-of-the art studio at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The refurbished studio, named after the radio station’s founder, Les Warth, was officially opened by Les’ two sons Terry and Mike, with the cutting of a ribbon and unveiling a plaque.
The radio station, based at the RBH, is currently run by over 40 volunteers who give up their free time to help lift patients’ morale and make their hospital stay that little bit more entertaining. The station is on-air 24 hours a day on the bedside entertainment system with a mix of pre-recorded and live programmes. Family, friends and ex-patients can also listen in at www.hrreading.org.uk or via the Tune-in radio app.
Trust Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers, said “Hospital Radio Reading is an amazing service which has enhanced the patients’ experience in hospital for 60 years now. It’s incredible how much time the volunteers give every week and how much effort they have put in to enable this new facility to be possible. We are so grateful to all our volunteers.”
The refurbishment work to the studio was also undertaken on a voluntary basis, by HRR volunteers Jonathan Sawyer and Martin O’Czaja, with professional help from friends of the station, Andy Mace and Russ Tarbox of TBX Technology Ltd, who kindly gave up their free time at evenings and weekends.
HRR Chairman, Gerard Rocks said: “I am extremely proud of our new studio and immensely grateful to all those who have been working like trojans to create our fantastic new facility.
“HRR volunteers have set themselves a fundraising target of £10,000 to finance the refurbishment, Future efforts will include volunteers running for sponsorship in half-marathons in Windsor and Disneyland Paris and a special performance of ‘My Fair Lady’ at The Mill at Sonning on 1 December.
For further information please contact Gerard Rocks, Chairman, Hospital Radio Reading on 0118 958 6947 or 07949 266 922 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org