Weston General Hospital's Sunshine Radio reaches £20,000 target

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 November 2017

Laura Tremelling, Nick Chaffey, Marcus Tripp and Jo Newey from Sunshine Radio last year celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Laura Tremelling, Nick Chaffey, Marcus Tripp and Jo Newey from Sunshine Radio last year celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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A voluntary organisation has successfully raised £20,000 for its radio station at Weston General Hospital.

A barn dance will be held in Fairlands for the NSPCC.A barn dance will be held in Fairlands for the NSPCC.

Sunshine Hospital Radio launched its appeal to raise the money in July last year, which was one of its biggest fundraising drives in its 38-year history at the Grange Road hospital.

The money will go towards replacing broken and outdated equipment as well as refurbishing the studio to get it back on the air.

The station provides a tailor-made music service for patients at the hospital, taking regular requests from those staying there.

It had to call a halt to its live shows last year in order to allow the refurbishment to take place. The station has still been able to run 24 hours a day, however its material has all been pre-recorded.

The committee and station volunteers organised a variety of fundraising events including a family fun day, a barn dance and quiz nights to raise the cash.

The group said it has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the reaction to its fundraising drive.

The station’s press officer Marcus Tripp told the Mercury: “Our volunteers are really keen to get back on the wards to chat with the patients and collect their song requests.

“We have been really pleased with the response from patients and visitors who have used our service in the past, and are looking forward to doing so again in the near future.

“We all hope that we can make the patients time in hospital just that little bit more comfortable, and their recovery a little bit quicker.”

Sunshine chairman Jo Newey said: “In December last year we were lucky enough to receive a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund and it has taken a lot of hard work to raise the rest, so it is fantastic that we have eventually got there.

“We aim to be back in before spring, we are just so excited to get started. In the meanwhile the fundraising will continue for studio two and our on-going running costs.”

Work on the studio has already begun and the volunteers will now reach out to specialised radio studio companies to supply the bespoke equipment.

To find out how to get involved with Sunshine Hospital Radio or to show your support, visit www.sunshinehospitalradio.co.uk or email info@sunshinehospitalradio.co.uk

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