WESTON MP John
Penrose joined the team at Sunshine Hospital Radio in the lead-up
to Christmas to take part in the ward request show.
at the station, based at Weston General Hospital, took Mr Penrose
around the wards, where he met patients and collected requests for
Sue Walker said: "It was wonderful to have Mr Penrose with
us for the evening. He was more than happy to get fully involved
and the patients were happy to chat with him."
also joined the presenters on air, introducing records and chatting
about the reasons why patients had chosen their particular songs.
The visit was
arranged by public relations officer Marcus, who said: "We
hope that Mr Penrose got a feel for the work that our dedicated
team is regularly involved with.
Wardround Request Show is probably our most important show as it
gives us the opportunity to chat with the patients, and in particular
those who may not have had any visitors."
Mr Penrose said:
"Everyone who works at Sunshine Radio is a volunteer, trying
to make things a bit more cheerful for the patients in Weston Hospital.
are great people and it was loads of fun taking part in their Friday
hope we managed to spread a bit of Christmas cheer around the wards
in the process."
right: (Top): John Penrose with Wardrounders Rhiannon & Mark.
masterminded the award winning ‘Taking Over The World’
awareness campaign, Sunshine Hospital Radio’s Marcus this week (18th Nov) attended a reception with Her Majesty the Queen
and other dignitaries at her famous London residence, Buckingham
The royal reception was organized to reward individuals who have
made an exceptional contribution in the health care sector in the
has been the Public Relations Officer at Sunshine Radio since 2006,
said “It was a privilege and honour to represent Sunshine
Hospital Radio at such an auspicious event. I was delighted to have
the opportunity to speak with Her Majesty the Queen and discuss
with her the benefits of hospital radio and also Sunshine Radio’s
award winning awareness campaign.”
‘Taking Over The World’ raised the profile of Sunshine
Radio by challenging members of the public to take a Sunshine Radio
T-shirt to well known or unusual locations around the world, and
send back photos of themselves posing in the T-Shirts. It wasn’t
long before pictures were received from destinations as far a field
as Afghanistan, China, Australia and The Falklands, as well as from
British Olympian Beth Rodford, and ‘Sex Pistol’ Glen
After a year
long campaign, and having received and published numerous photos
from all over the world, ‘Taking Over The World’ was
chosen as the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award
at the national Hospital Broadcasting Awards, held earlier this
year at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.
Marcus added, “I’m very proud of what the Sunshine Radio
team here at Weston General Hospital has achieved in this our 30th
year of broadcasting, and to receive royal recognition really has
been the crowning glory.”
OF THE BALLS HELPS RAISE £2,900 FOR BBC CHILDREN IN NEED
Dedicoat, ‘Voice of the Balls’ (BBC National Lottery),
Strictly Come Dancing & Wake up to Wogan (BBC Radio 2) visited
Worle Community School on Friday 7th November and helped raise over
£2,900 for BBC Children in Need.
The event, organised
by Sunshine Hospital Radio in association with Worle School, attracted
35 teams battling it out to be crowned quiz champions and carry
off the ‘Golden Microphone.’
the first question had been asked Worle School had already raised
£1,100 through a non-uniform day; this was added to the quiz
takings of £1,800 and presented to Alan Dedicoat.
Headmaster of Worle School said "We
were delighted to work with Sunshine Radio to raise funds for Children
in Need and we were even more delighted when we learned the final
amount that had been raised. We look forward to working with our
colleagues at Sunshine Radio on further projects in the future."
was extremely pleased with the amount raised saying, "I've
taken this quiz the length and breadth of the country; this is the
best figure we've achieved. Worle Community School's non-uniform
day (which raised over £1,100) made all the difference!
Well done, Sunshine Radio!"
The quiz also
marked the culmination of celebrations to celebrate Sunshine Radio’s
30th year of broadcasting to hospital patients in Weston-super-Mare.
right: (Top): Worle School & Sunshine Radio with Alan Dedicoat.
(Middle): Mayor Andrew Horler, Alan Dedicoat, Mayoress Camilla de
Bernhardt Dunkin and Sue Walker presenting the cheque for Children
(Below): The winning team 'The Binge Thinkers' being presented with
their prizes by Alan Dedicoat.
QUADRUPLE SUNSHINE SUCCESS!
Hospital Radio are delighted to announce that four of their young
volunteers have been honoured with the Diana Award.
The Diana Award challenges stereotypes of young people by showing
that the Award Holders have the power to be positive role models
for an entire generation. They have received this recognition at
a time when their life choices are still to be made, encouraging
them to develop their full potential.
Smith, Ron Walker, Scott Quinn and James Gordon all dedicate their
spare time to helping the patients of Weston General Hospital by
contributing to the voluntary radio service that this year celebrates
30 years of broadcasting.
Scott Quinn, from Wick St Lawrence, said, "I was totally surprised
as I didn't know I'd been nominated. I really enjoy helping out
at Sunshine Radio because I've met lots of interesting people on
the wards and got some requests for some really different music,
songs I wouldn't normally get an opportunity to listen to, it's
Public Relations officer, Marcus said; "We're all very
proud of the hard work put in by these young members and we were
absolutely delighted when we heard that they were all going to receive
the prestigious Diana Award.
There seems to be a lot of news recently focusing on young people
who cause trouble, but hopefully the dedication of James, Scott,
Chris and Ron will be acknowledged just as widely."
Smith, Ron Walker, Scott Quinn and James Gordon
holding their awards.
Super Mare's Sunshine Hospital Radio station has won the 2008 Outstanding Contribution Award at the
H.B.A. National Awards.
The glitzy ceremony, organised by the Hospital
Broadcasting Association, is seen as the hospital radio equivalent
to the BAFTA's and invites entries from it's 5000 members.
Radio were entered for the brand new award with their profile raising
'Taking Over The World' campaign which resulted
in photographs coming in from
all around the globe. Celebrity support was also received from the
likes of chart topping producer Mark Ronson, F1 World Champion Nigel
Mansell and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.
took place at the prestigious Queen's Hotel in Leeds and welcomed
special guests including ‘This Morning’ Doctor Chris
Steele and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley,
CBE, MP. They were joined by a host of presenters and producers
from both the BBC and commercial radio.
fought off close competition from Newcastle based, Radio Tyneside.
Marcus, P.R. Officer for Sunshine Radio said, "We were
absolutely thrilled be announced as the winners of this prestigious
new award. To have been considered alongside such a well respected
Radio Tyneside is amazing enough, but to go one step further and
win shows that the dedicated team at Sunshine Radio are working
in the right direction."
right: The H.B.A. Award Cermony held in Leeds. Terry Wogan, Patron
of the HBA, on screen giving a video message to the guests.
[28/03/08] PRIZE PHOTO WINNER.
a night of celebration at Sunshine Hospital Radio when Tina Pritchard
was presented with the grand prize for her photographic contribution
in the stations 'Taking Over The World' campaign.
Tina, a teacher at local St Marks school, was photographed wearing
her Sunshine Radio T-shirt by her husband Brian whilst on their
honeymoon in Ecuador.
Vice-Chair Sue Walker took Tina and her family on a tour of the
studios before the prize presentation.
Tina's prize, a Virgin V.P. Voucher offered a range of exciting
experiences but Tina said she'd prefer something more relaxing and
plans to use the voucher for a luxurious spa day with her daughter
launched the Taking Over The World last year and asked members of
the public to buy one of its T-shirts and then have their picture
taken wearing it somewhere interesting across the globe. "The
response to our 'Taking Over The World' campaign was fantastic!"
said Marcus, Sunshine Radio's P.R. officer. "We're so
grateful to everyone who takes part and it wasn't an easy job choosing
the best photo from over 25 finalists, but after much discussion
and with the contribution of the team at The Weston Mercury we felt
that the photo on the equator had something special."
added "We'd really like to thank everyone who helped us with
'Taking Over The World', the Weston Mercury for their support with
the whole campaign, Virgin Experiences and EU Signs for providing
the prize and Clobber & T-shirtPrintingandMore.co.uk who sell
is no longer a grand prize, photographs are still welcome to help
Sunshine Radio spread the word across the globe!
above, from left to right: Sunshine Hospital Radio presenter James
Gordon, prize winner Tina Pritchard, Vice Chair Sue Walker and presenter