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Hospital Radio run by volunteers for the patients, staff and visitors of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire - Registered Charity No 1068428

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Tombola Stall 

Our popular tombola stall returned on Thursday 14 December 2017 - this time with a difference...
...this time, EVERY ticket won a prize!Tombola Tickets

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!

Awareness stall at Widnes Market Wednesday 27 September 2017


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


Runcorn Hill Park Summer Fete was on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July 2017

We held a stall at the Summer Fete in Runcorn Hill Park


It was great to meet everyone who came along to our Radio Halton stall

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tombolaWe ran our "prize-winning" tombola

Thank you to local businesses who donated prizes:

Reel Cinema, Widnes for a pair of tickets to see a film

Silver Blades Ice Rink, Widnes for a VIP pass for a family of 4

Shaws Butchers, Runcorn for a voucher for a free chicken

Keith from Quality Fruit and Veg stall, to be found in Halton and Warrington hospitals and in Runcorn Shopping City for a selection of vintage sweets

t shirt poster  and we showed off our new-for-2017 Radio Halton T-shirts by Fruit of the Loom!

We're pleased to let you know that the tombola raised 125.15.  Thanks to every single person who took part

Volunteers Week Market Stall

Pam and Eileen Widnes MarketPam Eastwood and Eileen Kelly were at Widnes Market on Wednesday 7 June and chatted to people about volunteering with Radio Halton

Three people were interested and took away application forms

Music quiz stall 2016Radio Halton volunteers had another awareness stall - but this time with a difference  quiz artistes

We tested your knowledge with a music quiz compiled by our volunteer Graham Tarry

On Thursday 15 December 2016 we were in our usual spot in the main corridor, not far from Entrance 1 (the busway end) in the morning

For just 20p a guess or up to 3 guesses for 50p, you did very well with difficult specialist questions on musical artistes you could choose from our list on the right

And you helped us raise 95.93 to help keep our hospital radio service growing

Pictured above are volunteers Linda Redhead, Graham Tarry, Pam Eastwood, Derek Gates and Derry Griffiths.  John Timms and Eileen Kelly were also there, but had to go for a fire safety training session at the time of the photo!

Many thanks to local businesses for donating prizes:  The Co-op, Morrisons, Runcorn Linnets FC, Silver Blades, as well as other donations

Thank you!

Health and Wellbeing stallRadio Halton had  a stall at the Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust's Health and Wellbeing Day on Friday 2 December 2016

We enjoyed chatting to people between 10 and 2 in the George Lloyd Restaurant in Halton Hospital, whilst we played some tasteful Christmas music from Cliff Richard, Michael Ball and various other artistes

Pictured left are Derek Gates, Pam Eastwood, Mary Hill, Eileen Kelly and John Timms

Mary Hill's Indoor Sky Dive to raise funds

Mary sky diving Mary HillVolunteer Ward Visitor Mary Hill took part in an indoor sky dive to raise funds for Radio Halton.  She went to the Airkix wind tunnel near Manchester on Monday 11 July 2016 to do this for us.  She said she thought she'd be too scared to do the full drop, but not only did she do it from the top, she went up and did it a second time!  Well done Mary!

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 raised 53 from that, together with 161 via her sponsor forms, making a total of 214 !

Our 30th anniversary

30th birthdayAll our volunteers agreed that we should do something special to mark 30 years of hospital radio in Runcorn.  We held a stall in the hospital on Thursday 14 July between 10 and 2 and are delighted to say that the Mayor of Halton, Ged Philbin, came to see us.  He presented a cheque on behalf of the canal walkers to Pam Eastwood, made out to Radio Halton for over 3,000

The tombola was back  - with some fantastic prizes on offer.  With the help of local businesses in Runcorn, Widnes and Frodsham donating so many prizes, we raised 123.63 - thank you letters are on the way to those kind people

30th bday stall with Co-op and Mayor

Pictured here at the still in the main corridor of Halton Hospital are:

volunteers Audrey Hicks and Derek Gates, Robbie Johnson (manager of the Co-op Granville Street Runcorn), volunteer Pam Eastwood, Jayne Hollister from the Co-op, and the Mayor of Halton Cllr Ged Philbin

Thanks to Amy O'Connor, and her mum Karen Knowles, who was involved when it all started, for these newspaper clippings...

Karen and Cliff    presenters 30yrs ago

... 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 touch! 

Volunteers Week 2016 - Market stalls in Runcorn and Widnes

VolsWkLogoPam Eastwood and Derek Gates were part of a stall in each of the markets to celebrate Volunteers Week which ran from 1 to 12 June this year... Yes, it was a bumper week, longer than just 7 days!Runcorn Market stall Pam Derek

Two people took application forms to join us at Runcorn market on Tuesday 7 June

Widnes Market stall Pam Derek

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

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100 miles walk

Walkies Dave John DerekOur volunteer Derek Gates successfully completed a 100 mile walk to raise much needed awareness and funds for two local100 miles logo 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

They started 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

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Mayor and JohnAs they reached the finish on Saturday 14th May at The Brindley in Runcorn, the Mayor of Halton, Cllr Ellen Cargill, was there to welcome and congratulate them

Find out what motivated the lads here, thanks to Barbara Jordan of the Runcorn and Widnes World

Walkers total 6163They deservedly passed their target to raise 3,000 by more than twice that amout -  the final total raised was over 6,000, which has been split between Radio Halton and St Luke's Care Home.  This was revealed by Derek at an afternoon of celebration at  Pavilions in Weston

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

Photos 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

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Awareness stall in Halton Hospital - Thursday 10 December 2015SantaHat

Our 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.... 

We 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 cost 174.00

Hospital Family Fun Day - Sunday 5 July 2015

EllenRadio 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

Also Kelly Gilbert and Kirsty Gilbert from Grangeway came over with their mum Lorraine Duckworth. KellyKelly sang "Ben" by Michael Jackson for us,

KirstyKirsty read out a what's on item really well

Lorraineand Lorraine chatted on air with volunteer presenter Derek Gates

Mel PickupWe 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

Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2015

VolsWkLogoRadio Halton volunteer Graham Tarry planned to be at a volunteers stall in Runcorn Market during lunchtime on Tuesday 2 June 2015, to celebrate Volunteers Week,  joining Linda Goodier and Alison Gleave, from Halton and St Helens Centre for Voluntary and Community Action, to let shoppers know about how to get involved with only 2 hours a week of spare time

Trouble was, the weather was so windy, the market stall event had to be called off!

Awareness stall in Halton Hospital

Awareness Stall Derry with trolley

Awareness Stall DerryWe held an awareness stall on Thursday 26 March 2015, as part of Hospital Broadcasting Week

Our volunteers were in the corridor near to Entrance 1 (the busway end) between 10 and 2, to tell patients and visitors about the service we provide

Our longest serving volunteer, Derry Griffiths, also welcomed donations of 76.53 from people who wanted to help by giving much needed coins - thank you so much! 

Staff Health and Wellbeing Event

Radio Halton again took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Thursday 26 February 2015 from 11 till 1.30 for staff from the Halton site

Last time, we really enjoyed finding out things about healthier eating, having our blood pressure checked and having a go on the cycling machine to see how far we could pedal in a minute.  And we equally enjoyed explaining how we help patients by providing our ward visiting with music and information

Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014

Family Open DayWarrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a Family Open Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 7 September.   It was at the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre and Halton General Hospital in Runcorn.  People had the chance to look around the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands, with entertainment from live bands thrown in too

Open Day Little unAs part of the day, 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

This little one, Reese (with her Dad Mike) tried on the headphones but was too shy to speak, bless her...

Lisa getting ready

The Beardsworth family also took our studio tour and Mum Lisa tried her hand at reading out one of the 'What's On' items.   She was a bit nervous to start with .. but.. presenter Derek Gates put her at her ease ...

Lisa Beardsworth at the mic.. and she was faultlessly professional and really enjoyed being live on air.  We said we'd love her to join our team because she was so jolly and full of fun, but she's such a busy lady, work and family take up all her time

Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2014 - Information stall in the markets

Derek Gates Vols wk stall

Our Derek Gates was at the market in Church Street, Runcorn town centre and chatting to people on Tues 3 June  between 12 and 1, along with the ladies from the Volunteer Centre 

Derek wtih Bill and Jean Dale from Books On Wheels

 He was joined for a while by Bill and Jean Dale from Books On Wheels

He was also in Widnes Market on Wed 4 June between 11 and 12

Long Service Certificate Presentation

Derry receiving cert from PamOur longest serving volunteer is Derry Griffiths, having started with Radio Halton in 1986.  We were pleased to be able to present him with a 25 years certificate at our meeting on 20 February 2014

Derry volunteers on three afternoons every week, and attends our regular meetings as well, which usually happen on his days off

There is nothing Derry doesn't know about country music, as you'll know if you've heard his country specials between 3 and 5 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons

Congratulations and well done Derry!

Visit from the President
On Saturday 15 February 2014, our volunteers were pleased to welcome the President... not of the USA, but of the HBA... HBA logo that's the Hospital Broadcasting Association, our 'umbrella' group which helps us and all other hospital radio stations in the UK

June Snowden with Pam Eastwood and Mary HillJune Snowden (pictured here in our studio with Pam Eastwood and Mary Hill) has visited us once before, in 2004 and we showed her the changes in the studio since her last visit

She gave us some valuable advice about how we can look to the future using new technologies, and offered useful contacts who can help us

Following a good chinwag at the hospital, we then decided our tummies were rumbling and adjourned to a local hostelry to continue chatting over a meal

June Rob and John in studio

June is celebrating 40 years in hospital radio, and she is trying to visit as many hospital stations as possible in her anniversary year.  She'd already been to Clatterbridge on the Wirral earlier in the day, and was visiting Broadgreen the day after, before returning home briefly, then off again around the country!

Another pic here shows June with Rob Carter and John Kenwright

Radio Halton Awareness Stall  Awareness stall Dec 2013 - Derek and DErry

Our volunteers held an awareness stall on Tuesday 10 December 2013 

We were at the entrance nearest the busway (Entrance 1) from around lunchtime, at the Friends of Halton's Information Desk.  Kind people passing dropped coins into the collection box Derry Griffiths was holding, and the amount totalled 30.55.  Thank you!

Hospital Broadcasting Week 2013

Vols Wk Stall Derry Rog Marg JohnHospital radio stations (and possibly a hospital TV station too) all over the UK celebrated Hospital Broadcasting Week from Saturday 23 March 2013.  Volunteers organised special events to raise awareness of this invaluable service for patients.  This included Richard Smith of The A to Z of Pop programme doing a Big Broadcast over the Easter weekend, from midday on Sunday 31 March to midday on Mon 1 April

Our awareness stall was at the front entrance of Halton Hospital (Entrance 1) on Thursday 28 March 2013

Thank you to those who popped coins into our collection box - you helped us raise 49.23

Pictured here are our volunteers Derry, Roger, Margaret and John in front of our stall during Hospital Broadcasting Week 2010

Tesco Bag Pack

Kelly Lunt and fellow staff from H&T Pawnbrokers in Halton Lea Shopping Centre organised another bag pack at Tesco HTesco bagsalton Lea  to help raise funds for Radio Halton.  It was on Saturday 20 October 2012 and raised 191 vital funds.  A big thank you to all the shoppers who contributed

Barclays Gadbrook Park Sweet Sale

Hayley Connor with Karen Whittingham at the sweet sale August 2012Hayley Connor, daughter of our volunteer Derek Gates, kindly organised a charity sweet sale at the head office of Barclays Bank in Gadbrook Park, Northwich.  It took place on Thursday 23 August 2012, over lunchime, and the workers indulged themselves to the tune of 100

Barclays have generously match funded this figure pound for pound.  There was also a collection box on the counter, which raised 9.85 as well

Hayley is pictured here on the left with Karen Whittingham of Barclays Business Lending Team on the right

Thank you to everyone at Barclays

Tesco Bag Pack

Bagpackers Denise, Kelly and ChristyDenise and fellow staff from H&T Pawnbrokers organised a bag pack at Tesco Halton Lea to help raise funds for Radio Halton.  Our volunteers from Radio Halton were there too and 150 was raised on Friday 13 April 2012 between 11am and 3pm

Thank you for supporting Radio Halton by popping your coins into the bucket, if you were shopping there at that time

Pictured are Denise, Kelly and Christy

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Volunteer Fair Riverside CollegeOn Wednesday 29 February 2012 at Riverside College, Kingsway Campus, in Widnes,  Radio Halton volunteers chatted to lots of people about how we deliver our service to patients within Halton Hospital  

Six people took application forms to fill in and we also made contact with several other voluntary groups

Pictured are Derry Griffiths, Derek Gates and Robert Carter at our stall

Keep it Local Fun Day

Fun Day 26Nov11Halton Lea was the venue for a Fun Day on Saturday 25 November 2011, where the organiser, Denise Ellison from H&T Pawnbrokers, decided to put all the funds raised towards Radio Halton.  There was face painting, and a raffle with prizes donated by small businesses within Halton Lea Shopping Centre

Margaret, Derry and Roger from Radio Halton were there too, letting peopleTascam DR-07 mk 2 know what we do for patients in Halton Hospital by giving out newsletters and information 

The total amount raised was 235, which paid for a digital hand-held recorder to enable us to chat on-air to patients on the wards 

Our Roger and John chatted to Denise and co-organiser Kelly Lunt on Radio Halton on Thursday 1 March 2012

Community Open Day at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn

To celebrate the opening of the new Event Hall at The Heath Business and Technical Park, there was a community open day for voluntary groups on Tuesday 19 July 2011.  John Lewis and Neil Lancaster from SOG dropped into Roger Sloan's programme on Monday 18 July to chat to him about the event

John Lewis is Managing Director of SOG Ltd, the owner and operator of the award-winning park and he has a famous uncle who officially opened the Events Hall:  King of the Diddymen himself, Ken Dodd! 

Doddy and Pam

Radio Halton volunteers Margaret Longworth and Pam Eastwood were there with information about the service we provide for patients and the tasks we need volunteers to do on the wards and clinics

Doddy stopped by our stall and offered to record a message for us, which can be heard on air now and also here (click your back button on your browser to return to this page).   Ken, complete with tickling stick, is pictured with Pam Eastwood

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