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Mary Hill's Indoor Sky Dive to raise funds
Volunteer Ward Visitor Mary Hill is taking part in an indoor sky dive to raise funds for Radio Halton. She's going to the Airkix wind tunnel near Manchester on Monday 11 July 2016 to do this for us
We've set up a fundraising page for the event on Virgin Money Giving - follow the link here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MaryHill11 , and she has sponsor forms as well so please support her in helping us if you can
Find out more about Mary on her page of our website
2016 is our 30th anniversary
our volunteers agreed that we should do
something special to mark 30 years of hospital radio in Runcorn.
We're having a stall in the hospital on Thursday 14 July
between 10 and 2 and are delighted to say that the Mayor of Halton is coming to see us. The tombola is back - with some fantastic prizes on offer - so make sure you stop by to have a chance of winning
you have any information about the early days of the station, please let us
know. You can find out how to get in touch on our Contact page
already had some newspaper clippings which suggest we have the correct
date... thanks to Amy O'Connor, and her mum
Karen Knowles, who was involved when it all started...
and we're pleased to say we've had an email from Derek Owens, who was
involved in the early days of the station - thank you for getting in
Volunteers Week 2016 - Market stalls in Runcorn and Widnes
Pam Eastwood and Derek Gates were part of a stall in each of the markets to celebrate Volunteers Week which runs from 1 to 12 June this year... Yes, it is a bumper week, longer than just 7 days!
Two people took application forms to join us at Runcorn market on Tuesday 7 June
In Widnes market on Wednesday 8 June one person took an application form. It was nice to chat to you when you stopped to say hello
100 miles walk
Our volunteer Derek Gates successfully completed a 100 mile walk to raise much needed awareness and funds for two local charities: Radio Halton and St Luke's Care Home in Palacefields. Along with John Timms and David Timms, the three 'lads' have a combined age of 189, and walked 100 miles along 5 canals in 6 days
from Birmingham on Monday 9th May. Both
charities mean a lot to them and you can look at their ambitious journey
on Facebook at canal walk and also on Twitter @fivecanalwalk16
Despite difficulties, they made the epic journey through all kinds of weather
they reached the finish on Saturday 14th May at The Brindley in
the Mayor of Halton, Cllr Ellen Cargill, was there to welcome and
Find out what motivated the lads here, thanks to Barbara Jordan of the Runcorn and Widnes World
They deservedly passed their target to raise £3,000. See what the current total stands at on the Virgin Money Giving page, where you can still donate to both Radio Halton and St Luke's Care Home in Palacefields, part of Community Integrated Care
Alternatively, to donate just to Radio Halton, follow this link to our Donations section of the About Us page
When do Radio Halton broadcast?
You can hear Radio Halton exclusively in
Halton General Hospital 24 hours a day, as our broadcasts
continue overnight thanks to our Myriad software providing a 'round the
clock' schedule. We
include the news
on the hour between 10am and 10pm
The hard-wired system feeds to the bedside and the speakers. We also broadcast within the hospital via streaming on the Trust intranet, so staff in departments can access the service on their workstation computers
people volunteer their time to provide the service to patients,
visitors and staff
more songs available on the playlist so that the same
songs don't come round too often. These are the kind of tunes we're were asked for, but didn't
we've put that right:
Our volunteers visit patients on the
wards and chat with them to help them relax. We find out what music
like, then play it for them when we get back to the studio
In between volunteer visits, patients can use the Radio Halton freephone to request a mention or a song to help the time pass more easily
Rob chats to a patient
Patients can settle back into bed or an easy chair and relax to favourite music through ...
...the bedside headset - it's all technology from more than 40 years ago - no wires involved here, just a pipe into the console on the wall with a volume knob and a channel knob - so it is literally piped music!
We hope to be
able to add BBC Radio Merseyside to another channel soon, depending on
the radio signal reception to ensure good quality sound
are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in
Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people relax whilst sitting
Do you know someone in hospital? You can find the station that serves their hospital and request a song or send them a message. Just click on the HBA logo below to go to the site of the organisation for hospital radio in the whole of the UK
Are you interested in joining hospital broadcasting? If so, you can find out what we need people to do on our Join page
Legendary folk musician Dave Swarbrick says, "Hospital radio is a fantastic service, with volunteers giving their time free to entertain patients with music. When I have been in hospital, which is quite considerable, I have been very glad of it. As a musician, you don't realise the therapeutic effect it can have until you are receiving it yourself. Without having music and great friends around me in hospital, I would have been climbing the walls. Keep up the good work"
Find out more here... Why do we provide music?
Russell Watson also told how music helped him through illness, when chatting to Ken Bruce in Dec 2010:
"Music helps Ė during the times Iíve been really ill, Iíve listened to a lot of music and I find music incredibly therapeutic. There were days particularly when I was having the radiotherapy treatment and when I felt really down, and itíd give me a little bit of a lift and a buzz inside"
Radio Halton gave away a pair of tickets for the Friday 8 April 2016 concert
at St Elphin's Church in Warrington by soloists from the Northern
programme featured Schubert's Octet, Mozart's Horn Concerto and 20th
century composer Jean Francaix's Divertissement, which spotlights the bassoon, played by Llinos Owen -
here she is in action on the right >
The winner on Pam Eastwood's programme "In Classical Mood" on Tues 5 April was Julie Shaw from Warrington
Kathryn at the NCO for providing the tickets. Find out more about
the orchestra and its players at www.ncorch.co.uk
News - Streaming
We're currently streaming again on the intranet, following an issue with the settings for the output going through the Trust's computer in our office
We enlisted the assistance of our fellow volunteer at Radio General, Keith Inman, who has put together a box of tricks to resolve the issue - thanks Keith!
If you work in the hospital, you can listen on your computer while you work, using Windows Media Player. Just click File, click Open URL.. and type http://HSD-180A:8080 into the box which will be in the box for next time you want to 'tune in'. It works best with a pair of computer speakers, which the IT Team have said is fine to plug in, since the speaker in the desktop unit is very basic