Delight as radio station is saved

Dianne Herring, Chairman of Wigan and Wrightington Hospital Radio
Dianne Herring, Chairman of Wigan and Wrightington Hospital Radio

HOSPITAL radio volunteers are celebrating after the station has been saved.

The radio has been moved to a new location within Wrightington Hospital after vital funding of £12,000 was successfully raised.

It had to cease broadcasting to both Wigan and Wrightington hospitals in October during its 40th anniversary year because its current home was deemed unfit for purpose.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust decided to close down the radio with the option that if volunteers managed to raise enough money to fund the building of a new station then it would be able to air again.

Wrightington presenter Terry James, 70, led the campaign to rehouse the station and organised various fundraising events.

Diane Herring, Chairperson of Hospital Radio Wrightington, said that the volunteers were instructed to suspend broadcasting to both hospitals but didn’t want to stop airing completely.

She said: “We are delighted that the Hospital has found a new location for us within the Patient Information Centre.

“This is a very central location and we will be much more visible to patients and visitors in the future.

Diane continued, “We are now working with the Trust’s Estates and Facilities team who are arranging the building works needed to get the space ready for us to move into.

“Once the building work is complete we will install our equipment ready for a return to broadcasting.

“We hope to be back on air from June 2013 which means we will soon have a brand new facility to celebrate the station’s 40th anniversary this year.

“We are aiming to increase the number of volunteers we have to allow us to visit patients on the wards more regularly to ask for their requests”.

Celia Topping, Voluntary Services Manager at the Trust added, “We are thrilled that Diane and her volunteers will soon have a new base to broadcast from. “The radio station volunteers have told us they wish to extend their broadcasting hours and increase the number of listeners across our sites.”

Hospital Radio Wrightington normally broadcasts music, requests for patients and also provides live commentary of all Wigan Athletic and Wigan Warriors home matches and major cup games, including Cup Finals.