Hospital radio hits right notes to continue its valued operation

Northumberland Hospital Radio  Studio Supervisor Chris Fryatt with new volunteers Julie Cranston and (seated) Trevor Prest
Northumberland Hospital Radio Studio Supervisor Chris Fryatt with new volunteers Julie Cranston and (seated) Trevor Prest
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HOSPITAL radio will continue to broadcast loud and clear in Northumberland thanks to a £500 donation.

Heating oil supplier F Peart and Co has given the funds to Northumberland Hospital Radio to update essential studio equipment.

The grant is among the first awarded under the company’s new bursary scheme, which was launched in November.

The radio station is run as a charity by volunteers based at Wansbeck General Hospital, but also broadcasts to hospitals in Morpeth, Hexham and Blyth, providing a service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fund-raising has been ongoing for the past 12 months to update equipment, which synchronises the radio network and enables news and announcements to be given to patients.

The grant will go towards funding new network time equipment.

Station Director Iain Miles, who asked F. Peart and Co for support, said: “We urgently needed new equipment as our existing unit hasn’t been replaced for eight years and was proving to be very unreliable.

“The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014 and the money towards the new network system will ensure we head into the year successfully, while continuing to provide the service our audience knows and loves.

“We’re extremely grateful to F Peart and Co for its kind donation.”

F Peart and Co Business Manager Laura Jackson said: “It is wonderful to be able to award local community groups with donations through the bursary scheme and it was a pleasure to be able to provide Northumberland Hospital Radio with the equipment it so desperately needed.

“The bursary is our way of supporting everyone in the area and keeping in touch with our local communities.”