Hospital radio seeks donations as it looks to grow

Julia Grunhill, Callum Payne, Andy Hankin, Dean Bareford, Chance Litchfield and Stefania Ventura
Julia Grunhill, Callum Payne, Andy Hankin, Dean Bareford, Chance Litchfield and Stefania Ventura

Volunteers at Kettering hospital radio have launched a new appeal which they hope will fund refurbishments at their studios.

The radio station, which also wants new volunteers to come forward, says it will cost £35,000 for the improvements, which are vital in order for it to extend the service it provides.

Volunteers have been broadcasting to patients at the hospital for more than 40 years, with live shows on air for 28 hours a week.

The team is on the hunt for more volunteers, who would be involved in a range of jobs from collecting song requests to presenting shows.

“It’s been 30 years since the studio was upgraded,” said Andy Hankin, a fundraiser and presenter for the radio station, which is a charity in its own right.

Mr Hankin also said they needed new equipment so they could broadcast online and via a localised FM transmission. It would mean more reliable coverage could be extended to the whole of the extensive hospital site – but Mr Hankin stressed financial donations were needed.

“There are plans to expand, and possibilities of afternoon chat shows and even breakfast shows,” he added. “There is the prospect of shows from breakdast until 10pm.”

He said hospital radio provided local schools and colleges with vital media opportunities, and patients from the children’s ward often came and took part in broadcasts.