How local musicians banded together to help Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells

Pam Mills

SINGERS and musicians from across Kent and Sussex have teamed up to release a song that will raise funds for Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells [HRTW].

The charity broadcaster provides a bespoke service for patients in the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospital.

The group, known as HRTW Bonanza, have recorded the song Rocket Science, which was written by Southborough singer-songwriter Ryan Weeks.

It was released as a download on iTunes and Amazon for 99p yesterday [April 3]. All proceeds will go to HRTW.

And 26 community and hospital radio services nationwide are currently playing the song to patients over their airwaves.

To mark the launch, a special ten-hour gig of live acoustic music was held at the Grub & Liquor restaurant in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.

There were performances by all the artists featured, including Ryan Weeks, Chasing Shadows, Isabella Coulstock, A Man Called Dave and a Lady Called Sophie, Lizzie Arkell and Benjamin Lewes.

The idea came from The Music Fix Vlog’s Chloe Sunnucks. “I’m so excited to be a part of the charity song for Hospital Radio,” she said.

“The service they provide for the patients is incredible. Since I brought the idea to Hospital Radio, I’m so touched they’ve invested their time to make it a reality.”

Ryan Weeks added: “I’m super-excited to be releasing the charity song. It was a big honour being asked to write it, and I’ve had such a great time writing and composing the song.

“When I was asked to write it, I knew exactly the sentiment that I wanted to convey – love isn’t rocket science, and it should be the same with supporting great causes such as Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells. They do so much for the community and it’s a great pleasure to give back.”

Hospital Radio volunteer and presenter Phil Mills had approached local musicians to help with the charity’s SOS fundraising campaign at the end of 2016.

He has continued featuring local music on his Sunday morning radio show and wanted to find a new way to continue raising funds for HRTW.

“It’s great to have the involvement of so many talented singers and musicians from our local community in this fundraising project,” he said.

“I hope the money raised will go a long way to help Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells continue providing its bespoke service to patients in our local area long into the future.”

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