Registered Charity No 1068428
100 miles walk
Our volunteer Derek Gates is taking part in a 100 mile walk to raise much needed awareness and funds for two local charities: Radio Halton and St Luke's Nursing and Dementia Care Home in Palacefields. Along with John Timms and David Timms, the three 'lads' have a combined age of 189, and aim to walk 100 miles along 5 canals in 6 days
from Birmingham on Monday 9th May. Both
charities mean a lot to them and you can follow their ambitious journey
on Facebook at fivecanalwalk2016 and also on Twitter @fivecanalwalk16
As they reach the finish line on Saturday 14th May at The Brindley in Runcorn, the Mayor of Halton, Cllr Ellen Cargill, will be there to welcome and congratulate them
Find out why here, thanks to Barbara Jordan of the Runcorn and Widnes World
Money Giving page is set up now, so you can cheer the lads on by
donating whatever you can in aid of Radio Halton. We are one of
two local charities they are making this fantastic effort for. Listen to "sponsor them - do it now"
To donate to both Radio Halton and St Luke's Care Home in Palacefields, part of Community Integrated Care, follow this link... Donate to both CIC and Radio Halton
Alternatively, to donate just to Radio Halton, follow this link to our Donations section of the About Us page
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 planning a stall - with prizes on offer - in the hospital in July
and are working on getting a celebrity to come to see us. More
details will be posted here, as we get them!
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
We've already had some newspaper clippings which suggest we have the correct date... thanks to Amy O'Connor, who is applying to join us, 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
Rumours of his demise are untrue!
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
Health and Wellbeing Event
Radio Halton volunteers again took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Tuesday 23 February 2016 for staff at the Halton site
We made contact with several other organisations, to exchange information and get to know them
here below of Derek Gates, Pam Eastwood and Graham Tarry on the
stall. Mary Hill also helped to run the stall in the morning
whilst Graham was on air
Awareness stall in Halton Hospital - Thursday 10 December 2015
volunteers held a giveaway stall featuring prizes in time for Christmas
It was in the corridor near the front entrance of Halton Hospital ... there were even some people in red Santa hats....
gave away some great tombola prizes and our
popular Radio Halton diaries and pens. The tombola raised £18.50
and the collection box which Derry Griffiths had contained
£154.76. This has helped us pay for our broadcast licence, which
Hospital Family Fun Day - Sunday 5 July 2015
Radio Halton volunteers were pleased to give visitors a tour of our studio to see behind the scenes of where the music and information comes from - and have a try at presenting on air
Ellen LeBreton from Weston Point joined us to see where the music comes from
Kelly Gilbert and Kirsty Gilbert from Grangeway came over with their
mum Lorraine Duckworth. Kelly
sang "Ben" by Michael Jackson for us,
read out a what's on item really well
and Lorraine chatted on air with volunteer presenter Derek Gates
We were also pleased to show the Trust's Chief Executive Mel PIckup round the studio and we are grateful for her genuine interest in what we're doing to help patients
It was all part of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Family Fun Day on Sunday 5 July 2015
People had the chance to look around the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands in the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre, with entertainment from Glenda Hill Theatreworks too
We want to
thank everyone for joining in, and a special thanks to those who gave
to our collection box, to the tune of £11.91