Every year the
carnival lights up the streets of Weston with an amazing selection
With their music pumping and lights flashing they delight onlookers
of all ages from far and wide.
It's free to
watch the carnival but those watching are asked to support local
charities by donating their change to the fundraisers who follow
All money collected
is put into one pot and divided amongst the charities that sent
The more collectors a charity that sends the more money they'll
receive after the event.
Hospital Radio always tries to send a team of collectors and would
like to say a very big “Thank-You” for all donations
received at the Weston Carnival.
weather can be against us at that time of the year, the generosity
of the carnival viewing public always make it a worthwhile event.
at the carnival we always do live reports back to the studio so
that the patients get a feel of the action.
raised are used for purchasing new C.D.'s and the much needed upgrades
to the studio equipment which will all help to improve the service
that we offer the patients at Weston General Hospital.
2012: The rain stopped just in time for collectors Selina, Jo, Laura,
Ben and Dave.
2011: Another chilly but dry year for collectors MikeC, LauraT,
MikeP, BrigR, SueW and Sue's mum
2010: A record number of Sunshine Radio volunteers turned out to
help collect on the cold, but dry, evening.
Jack Daley, Sarah Potter, Rhiannon Kate Hubbard, Louise Harris,
Jonathan Sigsworth, Blake Longman, Kate Shire, Laura Tremelling,
Jo Newey, Ron Walker, Sarah Goldsbrough, Ashleigh Porter, Sue Walker,
Danni Howard and Gill Barringer
2009: A great turn out of collectors and the weather was good too!
Selina, Victoria, Laura, Liz, Greg, Mike, Lydia, Mike & friends.
2008: Despite the terrible weather conditions our volunteers still
ventured out collecting! Mike, Ron, Liz, Jo, Ruth & her daughter
2006: Weston Carnival 2006, Mike trying to look all serious
and ignore the chilly weather.
2005 : MattyB, Nicky, Pete & Kieran-Bob in
'Abbey Road' pose at Weston Carnival 2005.
SUNSHINE CAKE SALES.
Having run two
very succesful cake sales at the hospital (both completely selling
out), we are now hoping to make this a regular fundraising activity.
We'll put up
posters in the hospital advertising the date they'll be held, but
it will usually be on a Saturday afternoon between 3pm-5pm.
Our industrious little cake makers will be found selling a variety
of delicious cakes in front of the WRVS Shop near the main entrance
of the hospital.
So if you love
a bit of cake, then keep an eye out for our 'Table of Cakey Wonderment!'
(You could even buy a cake, invite friends over and pretend you
SANTA FUN RUN.
the Santa Fund Run, organised by the West Woodspring Rotary Club,
invites people to run and walk from the Lauriston Hotel in Knightstone
Road to raise sponsorship money for the charity of their choice,
in our case Sunshine Hospital Radio.
The Rotary Club
sell Santa outfits to runners for £10 each, with the proceeds
going to Action for Blind People.
This event is
great fun and a brilliant way to raise awareness of Sunshine Hospital
Radio and the charity that sends the largest team receives a prize!
LauraT, JoN and friends taking part in 2011 run.
STUDENTS PROVIDE HOSPITALITY FOR HOSPITAL RADIO!
A group of Weston
College students planned a charity event as part of an assignment
– and raised more than £700 in the process.
The 2nd year
BTEC National Diploma Hospitality Supervision students were tasked
with organising a fundraising event, and picked Weston's Sunshine
Hospital Radio as their chosen charity.
More than 100
people attended their quiz night at Weston Hornets rugby club clubhouse
with prizes donated by Scaffolding Direct, Waitrose and Weston Fruit
Sales raising a total of £700.85 for the hospital radio station.
Collings said: “I'm very proud of our students; they organised
a great event and raised a lot of money for a very good cause. I'm
also very grateful for the kind donations from local businesses
for the raffle.”
chairman of Sunshine Hospital Radio, said she was 'absolutely thrilled'
to receive a cheque following the event.
She added: “The
money will make a fantastic contribution to helping us run the radio
station at the hospital. Last year we had to update a lot of our
equipment to keep the station running, and it's donations like this
that help us continue to provide patients with this service.”
one of the students involved in the organisation of the event, said:
“I'm chuffed it was a success. The assignment made us work
together as a team and we used everyone's different strengths to
make it the success it was.”
right: Sue Walker with Weston College Hospitality students and staff.
2010 SANTA FUN RUN by Danni Howard.
morning of Sunday December 12th I joined fellow Sunshine volunteers,
Steve, James and Ashley to take part in Weston’s Santa Fun
the Rotary Club of West Woodspring, the event raises money for ‘Action
for Blind People’ through the sale of Santa suits, you can
then get sponsorship for the charity of your choice, and in our
case was Sunshine Hospital Radio!
We met up with
Sue, who came along to support us and take photos, at the Lauriston
Hotel where we bought and changed into our Santa outfits. Within
minutes we were all looking very festive!
Interestingly I noticed that we were joined by three ponies, all
dressed up for the occasion! One was in a Santa coat, one in a reindeer
coat and the other was in a Christmas pudding coat, it had to be
seen to be believed.
It was also nice to see that some of the other runners brought their
dogs…also wearing Santa coats!
long before we set off on our route from the hotel, along the seafront,
around Knightstone Island and then back. The run was very pleasant
as along the way people in their cars were beeping their horns and
members of the public were waving and showing their support.
have asked for better weather. It was a beautiful Sunday morning
with the sun shining and only a few wispy clouds. The fresh sea
breeze certainly helped us along the way.
After we completed the run (or gentle stroll in our case) we were
invited to have some warming soup and rolls, all complements of
the Lauriston Hotel.
All in all it was a very successful event, we had great fun and
we raised funds for the radio too!"
right: Danni with a horse which appears to have, at some point,
been left in the washing machine at the wrong temperature and shrunk.
CHARITY DONATION 2010
past Town Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Dr Mike Kellaway-Marriott
and Mrs Carmela Bianco de Kellaway hosted a Reception at The Blakehay
Theatre & Arts Centre.
the proceeds of the Town Mayor’s Charity Ball 2010 and Charity Fund
raising during his year in office to his chosen Charities and local
Sunshine Hospital Radio were delighted to attend and receive a significant
cheque which will help enhance our service to the listeners.
right: Councillor Dr. Mike Kellaway-Marriott, Sue Walker, Jack Daley
and Mrs. Carmela Bianco de Kellaway.
[15/08/10] SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR SUNSHINE'S
volunteer radio presenters were flying high last week to raise money
for Sunshine Hospital Radio.
and Mike Parker travelled to South Cerney, Cirencester to take part
in an adrenaline-pumping skydive that saw them reach speeds of 120
miles per hour.
Despite a couple
of setbacks, including poor weather and a bird strike to the plane
they were both determined to complete their stomach-churning challenge.
wanted to do a skydive ever since I saw my friends do it in 2007”
said Laura, “Sitting on the edge of the door getting ready
to jump I felt slightly nervous, but that didn’t last long,
as my instructor Paul launched us off. The exhilaration of free
falling soon took over, and it felt amazing.”
She added. “I enjoyed a nice chat most of the way down with
him, as people may know I am very rarely speechless!”
presenter Mike Parker took time to enjoy the views 12,000ft above
Cirencester before hurling himself out of the plane, but admitted
he found it quite nerve wracking,
“Despite watching lots of other people come down safely and
knowing that statistically I’m more likely to get hurt on
the journey home, the primitive part of my brain took over and fear
overwhelmed me for a few seconds” he said,
“I soon got my bearings and began to wave at the cameraman
While I’m pleased to have done it I’m not sure if I’d
do it again and I certainly wouldn’t take it up as a hobby!”
The plucky pair
hope to have raised over £500 to help maintain and update
equipment at the hospital radio studio.
right: Mike Parker and Laura Tremelling (Strangely, Laura already
had the outfit despite having never skydived before.)
HERE to read their full stories and
see more photos.
BIG QUIZ' IS A BIG SUCCESS!
‘Deadly’ Dedicoat returned to Weston last week to host
a Big Quiz Night in aid of Sunshine Hospital Radio and Worle Community
of the Balls’ was in fine voice as he tested the general knowledge
of nearly 200 competitors at the charity quiz evening held at Worle
were competing against each other in a bid to win the much sought
after ‘Golden Microphone of Wonder!’
the break Alan said: “I’m having a really good time!
I'm pleased that so many people have turned up, and am delighted
to be able to return to Weston to run this quiz.”
“Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and are giving
it their all.”
a quiz night in 2008, organised by Sunshine Hospital Radio and Worle
Community School, to raise money for Children in Need, and Alan
was more than happy to return for another quiz night to benefit
Many local businesses
had donated prizes for the ever popular raffle which included, champagne,
cider, hampers and gift vouchers.
Helping out with the raffle, Town mayor, Councillor Phillip Judd
attended the event but admitted that quizzes weren’t his strong
He said: “I
am pleased to come along to show my support but I haven’t
entered a team as I am not great at quizzes!”
“There are a lot of teams taking part, and I wish them all
After five competitive
quiz rounds, a raffle and a charity auction the top team on the
night were The BJ’s and Alan proudly awarded them the ‘Golden
Microphone of Wonder’.
Finishing in last place and winning the wooden spoon were Partridge
raised a whopping £1207.01 which will be shared equally between
Sunshine Hospital Radio, to help purchase a new computer server,
and Worle Community School ’s Minibus Appeal.
Chairman of Sunshine Hospital Radio said “I 'd like to thank
everyone that made this evening such a success. We’ve been
overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of everyone that
attended and the local businesses that so kindly contributed raffle
As before, Worle School provided a wonderful venue and we look forward
to the next, even bigger, quiz night!”
A BIG thank
you to all of the local business’ and companies that donated
- By George Hairdressers - Coffee Pot Cafe - Concorde at Filton
- First Choice - Kevin Rowley Electrical - Leonard Couch Jewellers
- McColls - Motor Parts Weston - Richs Farmhouse Cider - Rossiter
& Sons Jewellers - Sainsbury's - Southcombes Hardware - The
Lock & Key Shop - Walker & Ling.
[18/02/10] BUSINESS CLUB DONATION.
Radio have received a generous donation of £100 from the North
Somerset Business Club.
club for businesses in North Somerset held their annual Charity
Ball last October and in the process raised thousands for local
charities and good causes.
The aims and
objectives of the club are many - primarily to keep members up to
date with the latest business issues, promote networking and inter-trading
within the local business community and offer the opportunity for
local businesses to discuss amongst themselves business problems
that commonly arise.
More info at
SANTA FUN RUN.
The Rotary Club
of West Woodspring organised their first 'Santa Run' charity event
on Sunday to support Action for Blind People and other charities.
Rotarian Roger Buckley
said: "It was a great success! The sale of Santa suits went
to Action for Blind People and then if people wanted to do it for
their own charity they could get sponsorship for the event."
"It was all worth it and everyone taking part seemed to enjoy
The event was officially
started by England and Bath rugby star, Lee Mears.
The cold conditions didn't
prevent 'Team Sunshine' completing the run from Lauriston Hotel
in Knightstone Road to the Royal Pier Hotel in Birnbeck Road and
The team of volunteers managed to raise a whopping £278 in
the process for Sunshine Hospital Radio!
right: Sunshine Radio members Chris, Victoria Ashleigh and Laura
huddle up to rugby legend Lee Mears
OF THE YEAR' DONATION.
After a successful
year of fund-raising by last year's town mayor Andrew Horler, cheques
worth £18,000 were presented to charities at the Blakehay
in Wadham Street.
The big winners were
Weston's RNLI, Street Pastors and Sunshine Radio, which each received
said: "It was an honour for Camilla and I to be able to serve
the town as mayor and mayoress, a very humbling experience and a
year which we will never forget.
met so many amazing people, charities and organisations that are
the life blood of the community."
held Weston-super-Showcase, at The Playhouse, and the Mayor's Ball,
at the Winter Gardens to boost his fund-raising.
right: Sunshine Radio Chairman Sue Walker is indicated with the
red arrow (Please Note: Sue does not normally have a red arrow attached
to her head!)
CLUBS RAISE A TIDY SCRUM FOR SUNSHINE RADIO.
The recent Somerset
Cup match between Hornets and Weston-super-Mare rugby clubs at Hutton
Moor saw both teams donate their share of the gate receipts to Sunshine
A cheque for
£1000.00 was presented to Mr Alex Harries, Chairman of Sunshine
Hospital Radio by Paul Davidson, Vice Chairman of Hornets and Ray
Monelle, Chairman of Weston-super-Mare. Mr Harries was accompanied
by Vice Chair Sue Walker and Fund Raising Officer Jo Newey of S.H.R.
Hornets would like to thank all at Weston-super-Mare Rugby Club
for their extreme generosity in supporting Sunshine Hospital Radio.
Sunshine Hospital Radio are the Hornets community partners for season
2008/09 with previous fund raising taking place at the Summer Buzz
with the Wurzels and future events planned before the end of the
right: Ray Monelle, Alex Harries, Sue Walker, Jo Newey and Paul
General Hospital’s Sunshine
Hospital Radio has won first prize in this year’s North Somerset
Good Neighbour Awards, created to recognise achievement by groups
working in the local community within North Somerset.
Council Chairman Cllr David Shopland presented the £200 first
The awards are sponsored by take-away company Miss Millie’s
Fried Chicken and organised in conjunction with North Somerset Council.
They were judged by a panel of Councillors and officers from North
right: Sunshine Hospital Radio presenters
Sue Walker and Steve Ledbrook with Ann Walker, managing director
of Miss Millie’s Fried Chicken and North Somerset Council
Chairman Cllr David Shopland
CITY BUCKET COLLECTION.
the home of Bristol City F.C. was the venue for
a successful 'bucket collection'. The football fans were generous
with their donations and to round off the day nicely Bristol City
won their match!.
Right: Sunshine Hospital Radio presenters with friends outside the
Bristol City Gift shop.