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Throughout 2007, WHR continued to broadcast live programmes every day, including all
public holidays. Despite the amount of renovation and refurbishment work taking place
in the hospital, our small team of volunteers continued to visit around 100 patients
every day, with the majority of wards, each being visited three times a week.
The mainstay of our programming continues to be the nightly music request programme, the “Sound Remedy”. In addition to music requests collected from patients by our team of volunteers, the programme includes lots of interactive features such as “Celebration Corner”, where we highlight patients’ birthdays and anniversaries, and our “Brain Tickler” quiz. The quiz has proved one of the most popular features with patients, and regularly attracts calls, both from individual patients and whole ward bays playing-along together.
Whenever possible, on bank holidays and other holiday periods, additional seasonal programming was broadcast to patients. At the times of the day when we were unable to broadcast live programmes, our computerised programme playout system, ARCHIE, provided a “music jukebox” service consisting of an eclectic mix of popular easy listening music to complement the other radio channels available to patients.
“Just to say what a great radio service this is. I couldn’t sleep last
night and I had it on until 4 or 5 o’clock. […] It’s been really great.”
Mike, St. Cross ward
WHR's Laura-Lou presents Joyce with
To mark the Chinese New Year of the Pig, patients were treated to a special themed edition of the “Sound Remedy”, with the chance to win a fine dining experience.
In addition to patients' requests, the programme included some themed songs to tie in with China. Our volunteers wore traditional Chinese dress for the ward-based programme, and gave patients hand-made paper lanterns, and fortune cookies which had been kindly donated along with a Chinese meal for two, by “Charles House Chinese Restaurant”, Winchester.
“I always listen to the hospital radio - it keeps me going. They are such a warm
bunch of people, and always make time for a chat.”
Joyce, Kemp-Welch ward, winner of the Chinese meal
Anna receives the certificate of
commendation from GCap
Radio's Clive Warren
March saw four of our volunteers head off to Northampton for the Hospital Broadcasting Association’s Spring Conference and National Hospital Radio Awards ceremony. Our then Station Manager, Anna O’Brien’s interview with RHCH junior doctor Adam Onyett was short-listed in the Best Speech Package category. On the night it made the top five, and was highly commended by the judges.
Over the Easter holiday in April, we provided patients with something different, as we had “Rudolph the Confused Reindeer” delivering crème eggs round the wards. A number of other volunteers dressed-up as Easter bunnies to hand-out bingo cards to patients throughout the hospital. During the bunny bingo game in a special “Sound Remedy Extra” programme, Susan on Kemp-Welch ward won a voucher from Reeve the Baker for herself and hot cross buns for the whole ward.
A themed edition of the “Sound Remedy” was broadcast on St. George’s Day. In addition to patients’ requests, the programme included music by famous Georges and a prize give-away, courtesy of local shops and businesses.
Volunteer Andrew hands over the hot cross buns to
WHR's Windsor presenting in the studio
Olive on Bartlett ward won a
WHR’s team of volunteer car park stewards,
entrance fee collectors and marshals at the
end of the afternoon at Longstock Park Water
Longstock Park Water Garden, part of the Leckford Estate, near Stockbridge, was opened in aid of WHR on 6th May, by kind permission of the John Lewis Partnership. Good weather ensured a large turn-out, with almost £2,000 being taken in entrance fees.
“I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of you for making it an enjoyable
evening each evening. I really have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s helped a lot having the
music to listen to, and the dedications and everything.”
Geraldine, Wainwright ward
WHR volunteers Laura-Lou, Helen, Peter
and Sarah fundraising at Sainsbury's.
Team members David and Jimmy
broadcasting from the shelter of the
In June, our regular fundraising roadshow and outside broadcast from Sainsbury’s in Badger Farm was not blessed with such good weather. Despite heavy showers throughout the day, six hours of programmes were broadcast direct to patients from just outside the supermarket entrance, including requests and dedications for patients from their loved ones, and almost £600 collected from generous shoppers. Our thanks to helper John Beckett who lent WHR his caravan to act as a base for our broadcast.
“[A message] for all of you on hospital radio: You’ve taken us out of ourselves
and into a beautiful place of music pleasure and enjoyment. Thanks for all you do amongst us,
especially when we’ve been under the weather, bringing us into a more joyful and stable
place. […] I’ll personally be out tomorrow and I’ll miss you and those
who’ve listened with me. God bless you and your work amongst us.”
Vernon, Kemp-Welch ward
Steven at the launch of the CD
July saw the release of “The Day the TV Stood Still” on WHR’s own record label. Produced by our volunteer Steven Wills, the double CD showcases some of the infectious tunes that used to be heard on daytime TV for schools, before the days of 24 hour broadcasting. It includes tracks from top composers such as Robert Farnon, Roger Webb, Angela Morley and Roger Roger to name a few. There's also music from cult TV programmes such as “The Prisoner”, Children's programme “Vision On” and the popular quiz show “Ask the Family”.
Sales of this CD and previous releases from Steven raised approximately £2,100 for WHR during 2007.
“Never has the phrase 'soundtrack to a generation' been so apt!”
David Noades, “The Record Collector” Magazine
“Another superb release from Steven Wills at Winchester Hospital Radio”
Andrew in freefall above Wiltshire
In August, one of our volunteers, Andrew Tyrrell, took to the skies above Netheravon airfield to perform a sponsored tandem skydive. WHR has benefitted to the tune of £266 so far, with further sponsorship money and Gift Aid refunds from HM Revenue and Customs to come in 2008.
Steve Brine helps Paul present the 'Sound
Remedy' from St Cross ward.
Special programmes were broadcast to celebrate WHR’s birthday on 24th September – 23 years since our first broadcast from the now-closed St. Paul’s Hospital. Parliamentary candidate Steve Brine, a former hospital radio volunteer himself, visited WHR and was interviewed by our Chairman, Tony Knight, for our “Person to Person” programme. Steve also took part in the “Sound Remedy” programme broadcast live from the wards.
“This was one of the best things I have done since becoming the local Parliamentary Candidate. I have huge affection for hospital radio which provides an amazing service to patients across the country.
“Hospital radio stations are run by hugely dedicated people who have to do everything
- from fundraising to buying the records, maintaining the equipment and presenting the shows.
Their part in patient care and their recovery shouldn't be overlooked.”
Steve Brine, Parliamentary candidate for Winchester
Laura and Laura-Lou with Geraldine on
A special Hallowe’en-themed “Sound Remedy” programme was broadcast from the wards on 31st October. Along with patients’ dedications, the programme included spooky tales and a horror film quiz. Our volunteers dressed as ghosts and ghoulies, and handed out sweets, balloons and pumpkin masks. Patients were invited to take part in the programme and share their own scary stories.
“I’d like to say it’s been a pleasure to enjoy your radio service and
meet a few of the people. […] Thanks for reading my poem. God bless.”
Julia, Clifton ward
Some of the Cubs, Beavers and Scouts ahead of the marathon
On Saturday 17th November, Cubs, Beavers and Scouts at the 1st Winchester Scout Group held a twenty four hour archery marathon to raise money for WHR.
The event was organised by members of the Celts Cub Pack who are working towards their Caring Challenge badge. This badge involves raising money for a charity other than Scouting. The Cub Scouts chose WHR following an earlier visit to our studios.
49 young people fired a total of 7,483 arrows over the 24 hour period. They were supported by 12 leaders and parents.
The first and last arrows were fired by our Chairman, Tony Knight, who also presented the evening request programme live from the Scout Hut along with co-presenter Paul Blitz.
“I’ve enjoyed it very much. It’s been good entertainment in the
Peter, Taunton ward
Volunteers Tony and Peter in the WHR
studios on Christmas morning
WHR's reporter Mary with
Matthew Kelly outside the
Additional programmes were broadcast throughout the Christmas and New Year period, including carols sung by the St. Luke’s Church Choir from Stanmore, Winchester and David Simpkin’s production of “Aladdin” performed by the North Winchester Community Church. Readings came from Rev. Mike Gardner and Canon Paul Townsend.
WHR worked in association with the NHS Trust to promote “The 12 Days of Christmas” – a variety of activities for patients in the run-up to Christmas.
Christmas greetings and get-well-soon messages were broadcast from the Chairman and Chief Executive of the NHS Trust, Mike Gretton and Martin Wakeley; the Mayor of Winchester, Chris Pines; and the stars of “The Wizard of Oz” at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, Russ Abbot, Gregor Fisher, Matthew Kelly and Gary Wilmot.
“Before I go, I want to thank you for your jollification and getting me through these
weeks and weeks of misery. […] And I do thank you; it’s been great. You’ve
brought my sense of humour back. Thank you so much. You do a bloody marvellous job.”
Joyce, Wainwright ward
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