Tunbridge Wells Hospital Radio donation will put patients in control

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: (l-r) HRTW Station Manager Chris Manser, Treasurer Chris Reed, NHS Trust Chief Executive Miles Scott, Secretary Phil Kidby, Chief Engineer Arthur Hosmer and Trustee Claire Backhurst

Tunbridge Wells Hospital Radio donation will put patients in control

by Andy Tong | 1st November 2018

THE charity Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells [HRTW] and its supporters have donated £2,000 to the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

The funds will go towards the replacement of television remote controls at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury.

The money was raised by the Tesco Bags for Help and Aviva Community Fund schemes.

HRTW Station Manager Chris Manser presented a cheque to the Trust’s Chief Executive, Miles Scott, when he visited the charity’s studios.

Mr Manser explained: “We had received feedback that some patients who wanted to enjoy our radio service were unable to do so as the remote controls had gone missing. The hospital radio is available on channel 705 of the television sets in each room, so we felt we needed to do something to try and help improve the situation.”

He added: “Thanks to the public who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund scheme at the end of last year, and Tesco customers who voted for us in the Bags of Help scheme earlier this year, we are delighted to be able to support the trust with this donation.”

HRTW is keen to expand the number of live shows it provides to patients and others who listen online via the charity’s website.

It is looking to recruit volunteers, and has launched a Radio Recruitment campaign for this year’s Aviva Community Fund scheme.

Phil Kidby, who co-ordinates the volunteer scheme, said: “We need people to vote for us on the Aviva Community Fund website to help us get sufficient votes to qualify for £1,000 in funds, which will be used to pay for our phone, broadband, website and general running costs.

“All of that enables us to recruit new volunteers to do more shows, and enables our service to be bigger and better.”

The projects which receive the most votes in each category receive the funding they have requested from Aviva.

For information about volunteering, send in your contact details via hrtw.org.uk/join
A visit to the studios will be arranged to discuss how you can be involved.

Voting at the Aviva Community Fund is open until November 20. To support HRTW’s application, visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1614

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