Hospital radio DJ marks his 30 years in a spin

A DEDICATED DJ who has given 30 years of his life volunteering for hospital radio has been rewarded for his efforts.

David Skelham, 57, has spent three decades on air at Kettering General Hospital, presenting a show every Tuesday evening.

He was given a certificate to thank him for his efforts and to mark his outstanding achievement.

Mr Skelham, who works as a healthcare assistant at St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering, said: “I first became involved with hospital radio following a conversation with a friend who told me a little about it.

“I thought I would like to give it a try and have been doing it ever since.”

Mr Skelham, who is married to Sarah, has worked as a presenter and as ward visitor collecting requests for patients.

He said: “It is a very interesting job and you are making a real difference to patients who may be feeling somewhat lonely, depressed, or under stress.

“I find that people really value having a chat with you and a chance to hear their favourite record when they are feeling a bit low.

“It’s also lots of fun being a hospital radio presenter and you get the chance to play a very wide variety of music for people.“

Mr Skelham’s achievement has only been beaten on two previous occasions in the station’s 41 year history – by Harry Johnson, who has served for 36 years, and Fred Radford, who has served for 32.

Kettering Hospital Broadcasting Association chairman Wally Valentine said: “David has been a real stalwart for us and carried out many functions including serving on our committee, chairing it, and serving as the ward visiting officer.”

Kettering Hospital chief executive Lorene Read said: “David is one of the unsung heroes of hospital radio and this is an opportunity for us to say thank you to him for all of his work over so many years.

“Hospital radio volunteers do an amazing job. David is an excellent example of these volunteers and, in his own right, has provided a service for many hundreds of hospital patients.”