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Our popular tombola stall returned on Thursday 14 December 2017 - this time with a difference...
...this time, EVERY ticket won a prize!
Radio Halton volunteers were pleased to chat to so many people in the main corridor by Entrance 1
You helped us raise £59.75 - thank you so much!
Derry moving on
We were sad to accept the resignation of our longest service volunteer, Derry Griffiths, who is leaving the Halton area to move to an independent living flat in Cheshire
Derry started at Radio Halton in its inaugural year, 1986, and has been a great favourite among patients and staff
With his fantastic musical knowledge and love of country music, Mondays and Wednesdays simply won't be the same without him
He was given a commemorative framed photo as a memento and we all wish him the very best for the future
You may have noticed that we haven't been playing our usual selection of carefully chosen music lately here at Radio Halton. This is because our broadcast playout computer has sadly stopped working last month
It was actually aged about 11 in human years, but probably much more in computer years! When you consider it was switched on day and night, running every day of the year for all that time, it hasn't served us too badly
We hope to replace it with a new one as soon as we can, but it may take a little while, since we're all volunteers and we have no regular source of income apart from our collection boxes
In the meantime, we are relaying programmes from our sister station, Radio General, from Warrington Hospital. See their programmes guide at http://www.radiogeneral.co.uk
Two easy ways of giving to Radio Halton:
1 - Virgin Money Giving
Radio Halton has a page on Virgin Money Giving. You can make a donation using Virgin Money Giving Just click the link or the logo
2 - Collection boxes
Find out more about donations in coins via our blue collection boxes
in the local area around Runcorn by clicking Donations
Get Active Awards
Radio Halton Volunteer John Timms was honoured for his contribution to health walks at a ceremony in June 2017, with a Volunteer of the Year award by the former Mayor of Halton, Ged Philbin
John is a health walks leader, who supports people to improve their health and wellbeing. He helped Murdishaw Health Centre put into practice a GP health walk referral scheme
assessed suitable walk routes and now leads walks, taking time to sit
and have a cuppa and chat with patients in the health centre
Throughout the Super League season, we bring you commentary of Widnes Vikings home games in partnership with our fellow volunteers at Radio General in Warrington Hospital
This is thanks to the IT team at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who enable us to relay Radio General's commentary via the Trust's intranet
- Streaming - new URL address
plug in your earphones or a set of computer speakers and we're with you all day
Awareness stall at Widnes Market Wednesday 27 September2017
Radio Halton held an awareness stall in Widnes Market on Wed 27 September between 12.30 and 2.30
Our volunteers Derek Gates and John Timms chatted to people to tell them how we help patients in Halton Hospital - and enjoy ourselves at the same time!
If you join our team, we only ask for a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week visiting patients on the wards and ensuring they have access to some relaxing music to aid recovery
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
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
There are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people relax whilst sitting there
Medics agreeMusic reallys helps people - and medical professionals agree - see this article from a daily newspaper
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, the late Dave Swarbrick said, "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"
Elio Pace was at to The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn to present his show The Billy Joel Songbook on Thursday 9 November 2017
Our presenter Eileen Kelly had a long in-depth conversation with him on air about the show on Monday afternoon 6 November - and she's as passionate about Billy Joel's music as Elio!
sure of your ticket for his 10 date tour - with David Brown, original
guitarist from Billy Joel's band - in May 2018 where the nearest he
comes to us is Liverpool's Epstein Theatre
Graham Tarry chatted to Mikey Gilbert and Georgia Weekes from Widnes Wild Ice Hockey club on his Radio Halton programme on Wednesday 6 September 2017
Find out more about how ice hockey is developing in Halton, since the opening of the Silver Blades in Widnes
On Thursday 26
January 2017, Derek
Gates chatted to a lady whose job is going into care homes to
sing to patients in dementia units, nursing homes and residential units
He talked to Sandra Currie who is a professional singer, and he played songs from the CD she's recorded
She takes a supply of tambourines and maracas with her to care homes, for residents to join in with the music
To find out more, go to her website www.sandracurrie.com or find her facebook page: search for Sandra Currie Care Home Entertainer
Mick Foster and Tony Allen were kind enough to do an interview for Radio Halton during their show at the Brindley Theatre on 22 November 2016. They were interviewed by David and Julie Astbury for their Monday evening show
Foster and Allen have had a career which has spanned over 40 years and are the only group in the world to have had over 30 albums in the charts. They were just two lovely guys to interview and we wish them all future success in their continued career
The interview was broadcast on Monday 12 December 2016 and you can hear the jingle they kindly did for Julie and David to use on air here