MAYORAL VISIT LIFTS SPIRITS AT WESTON GENERAL.
The Mayor and
Mayoress of Weston Super Mare, Phil and Wendy Judd, popped into
the Sunshine Radio studio to help spread some Christmas cheer.
They were guests
of honour on the post-christmas Talk of the Town show, hosted by
Phil told the
patients what he had been doing during his term as Mayor, how much
he was enjoying it, and the various events he was looking forward
to in the rest of his time in office.
The Mayor and
Mayoress then visited patients on the wards, asking for their song
requests, before taking part in a very busy Wardround Request Show
with the Monday team.
right: Mayoress Wendy and Mayor Phil Judd
M.P. SHARES SONG CHOICES WITH PATIENTS.
MP John Penrose visited Sunshine Radio at Weston Hospital last week
(Friday) for a special 'Desert Island Disc show'.
The one-hour show was
hosted by the radio's chairman, Sue Walker, who grilled the MP over
his song choices and what it was like to be a government minister.
John said: “I was
delighted to be invited back to Sunshine Radio. The station relies
entirely on volunteers and they do a fantastic job cheering up patients
and staff alike. It's always a privilege to visit and, because I
like lots of different styles of music, I hope everyone could find
a few tunes to enjoy during the show."
Chairman of Sunshine Hospital Radio, said: "It was fantastic
having John in the studio talking about his favourite music and
the many different portfolio responsibilities he has as Minister
of Tourism and Heritage.”
choices were: Allegri – Miserere,
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana,
Johnny Nash – I can see clearly now,
Rolling Stones – Paint it black,
All Saints – Black Coffee,
Chumbawumba – I get knocked down.
right: Sue Walker with John Penrose.
[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.
Laura Tremelling 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.
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!”
Fellow radio 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.
[14/08/10] KATIE PRICE SENDS HER BEST
Hospital Radio were given the opportunity to talk to a very special
visitor in Weston Super Mare. Celebrity businesswoman/ singer/ tv
personality & author Katie Price was visiting the town.
her new book 'Paradise', a number one best seller, she spent the
morning signing copies for her adoring fans.
though she had been suffering with the flu herself, Katie Price
kindly recorded a get well message for the patients at Weston Hospital,
especially those who were unable to make it to the book signing.
Katie also signed a copy of her book, which has been donated to
a Sunshine Radio volunteer, was invited to have a quick chat with
Katie before the doors opened to her waiting fans.
"It was an amazing experience," Selina said excitedly,
"Katie has a huge fan base, and so it was enthralling to have
been at the front of the long and seemingly endless queue that trekked
behind me", adding afterwards, "And she was lovely to
a fictional novel based on a glamour model called Angel. The storyline
focuses on a love triangle and how Angel copes with her celebrity
lifestyle both here in the UK and in the states. The book is a follow
up from two previous novels, 'Angel' and 'Angel Uncovered', which
have both been successful in the book charts.
45,000 screaming music fans swarmed onto the beach at Weston to
be entertained by Dizzee Rascal, Plan B, Tinchy Stryder, JLS, The
Saturdays, Ellie Goulding and Alexandra Burke. And Sunshine Radio's
Victoria Penketh King & Chris Smith were there to chat to the
performers and record some all important 'get well' messages for
Dizzee Rascal got the
party started and as the performers filtered through the press tent
it was a frenzy of lights, shouts and sparkles and even with the
slight downpour, everyone was really upbeat and excited to be performing
in Weston Super Mare.
Girls discussed their upcoming charity bike ride. They plan to ride
from London to Brighton on kids bikes in an effort to raise money
for 'Well Child'.
princess Gabriella Cilmi, who has just been touring with Leona Lewis,
explained how she still gets nervous performing in front of big
crowds, particularly if her family are in the audience!
N-Dubz had the crowd singing along (Nana) and in the press tent
singer Tulisa was happy to offer her advice on how to hook a fella
"...treat em mean to keep em keen!" she suggested!
All the acts
that spoke to Sunshine Radio were delighted to support the hospital
radio station. They laughed, chatted, hugged and even kissed our
presenters (not mentioning any names Mr Basshunter!!) and provided
some wonderful 'get well' messages!
right: Victoria chats with Greg Churchouse and Roy Stride from Scouting
HERE to see our photos from the T4 press
BIG QUIZ' IS A BIG SUCCESS!
Dedicoat returned to Weston last week to host a Big Quiz Night in
aid of Sunshine Hospital Radio and Worle Community School .
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
prizes: Asda - 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.
right: Alan Dedicoat presents 'The Golden Mic of Wonder' to the
winning team, The BJ's.
INTERVIEW PICKS UP NATIONAL RADIO AWARD!
Radio were proud to receive a splendid, glass trophy award at the
glamorous, National Hospital Radio Awards ceremony, in recognition
for their interview with Sir Michael Parkinson.
took place when Sir Michael visited Weston General Hospital in his
role as the Government's Dignity Ambassador.
Sunshine Radio presenter, Marcus, had the pleasure of conducting
the interview and commented on how enjoyable it was:
"It was really special to be interviewing the man that had
interviewed so many amazing people. I certainly made sure I'd done
my research beforehand!"
"I think the challenging part was getting a balance between
the serious side of his Dignity Campaign whilst also making the
interview informative and fun to listen to. In the end though, Sir
Michael made my job very easy and he was a delight to talk to."
which included popular DJ Tony Blackburn amongst other industry
professionals, praised the interview:
"The interaction between interviewer and Sir Michael worked
One judge said "It could have been easy for the presenter to
have been fazed by such a guest but instead the connection was good
and Sir Michael seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience."
Hospital Radio Awards is an annual celebration of the excellent
standards found in hospital radio stations across the country. This
year the award ceremony took place in Glasgow and invited entrees
from over 200 radio stations.
Radio were also commended during the ceremony on the quality of
a Station Promotion created 'in-house' by their volunteers.
right: Sunshine Radio's Jack Daley (right) collects the award. (Click
for the full interview.)
[16/03/10] DESIGN STUDENT GIVES SUNSHINE
A talented graphic design
student from Weston College has given Sunshine Hospital Radio a
new image after winning a competition to create a new logo for the
A group of students, based at the College’s University Campus
on Loxton Road, were given a design brief to create a new logo to
positively promote the hospital radio station as they embark on
an image rebrand.
Emma Hopkins, 19, was announced as the winner earlier this week
and received two tickets to a live gig at ‘The
Tunnels’ in Bristol, which were kindly donated by the
live music venue.
The new logo will be
used extensively at the radio studio and around the hospital with
the aim of raising patient awareness of the service. Emma, a former
Churchill School pupil from Congresbury, said: “I was happy
to be involved in the re-design of the new Sunshine Radio logo.
I worked on a range of ideas and developed them until I came to
the final outcome. I enjoyed the designing process very much as
I felt it was for a good cause and I was really pleased to win the
Radio’s Public Relations Officer, said: “We were incredibly
impressed with the standard of the designs and the research put
into developing the logos. It was a difficult decision but the committee
finally chose Emma’s logo as it was clear, fun and lends itself
nicely to the various mediums we'll be using it on.”
He added: “Over the last couple of years we have made real
progress in the service we provide to the patients and it’s
with this momentum we felt the time was right to update our image
to reflect this positivity.”
information on Weston College courses please contact 01934 411411
or visit: www.weston.ac.uk.
right: Emma Hopkins receives her prize courtesy of The Tunnels live
[14/03/10] GRAND PIER UPDATE!
The progress of the Grand
Piers redevelopment is a topic that many listeners to Sunshine Radio
are keen to be kept informed of.
The work taking place on the new pavilion is certainly an impressive
sight, but for those in hospital who may be missing out, Sunshine
Radio presenters Laura Tremelling and Victoria King were lucky enough
to record a guided tour of the building with managing director Peter
surrounded by scaffolding the inside is already looking impressive
and is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Peter told Laura
and Victoria all about plans for a 70 seat cinema, large go-kart
track, wedding chapel and daredevil rides.
A helter-skelter ride
sits in one corner of the building, leading from the third floor
to the bottom! Plans to use the pavilion to host concerts seem very
likely given the huge space on the ground floor.
All the favourite machines
and rides will be back, including the slot machines and a spooky
Peter said that he and
co-owner Kerry Michael are pleased with the progress on the building,
and are on track to open in 12 weeks time.
tour’ can be heard exclusively during tonight’s ‘Talk
of the Town’ show on Sunshine Radio.
right: Grand Pier Managing Director, Peter Angelides chats with
[27/02/10] NOT QUITE STRICTLY COME
Following the success
of the previous event, Sunshine Hospital Radio were called upon
once again to provide the music and audio equipment for this popular
Not Quite Strictly Come Dancing is organised by Standing Together,
a local organisation that assists men and women suffering from domestic
abuse in times of crises who do not have access to public funds.
Ballroom dancers included
representatives from Wards Solicitors and the local dance studio,
Dancecrazy. Judges included John Penrose MP and the chief executive
of Bristol International Airport, Robert Sinclaire. The event was
compered by Chris Born, chief executive of NHS North Somerset and
the chair of Standing Together, Cllr Roz Willis.
The event took
place on Saturday February 27, between 7pm and midnight at the Rookery
Manor Hotel, Edingworth near Weston-super-Mare.
right: The novice performers trained from scratch in less than a
[25/01/10] RAPPERS DELIGHT!
Whilst the rest
of the nation went nutty for Susan Boyle, Sunshine Radio managed
to get the real stars of Britain's Got Talent '09; Burnham on Sea's
very own Wrinkly Rappers!
The 3 piece
crew, B n B, Snowy and Baby Bel, busted
some moves (and not hips) down to our studio to pump some funky,
f-f-f-fresh flavas down the noise holes of the hospitals patients.
The vibe they put out was so hot it even inspired show presenter
Laura Tremelling to battle lyrical with her own flow, it was described
Rappers charity album "Wrinkly Rappers Unrapped" is raising
money to support The Alzheimer's Research Trust. More info at www.wrinklyrappers.com
right: Baby Bel,
B n B and Snowy
[25/01/10] YOUR NORTH SOMERSET!
Music and dance from
a wide range of community groups descended on North Somerset this
month during a popular event to celebrate diversity. And it was
Sunshine Hospital Radio that provided and ran the sound equipment
for the whole event!
a host of entertainment at the annual Your North Somerset celebration
at the Winter Gardens, in Weston-super-Mare, on Sunday January 24.
Attractions included traditional singing from Polish community groups,
Flamenco and Bangladeshi dancing.
The event, jointly
hosted by the council, NHS North Somerset and Avon and Somerset
Police, is now in its fifth year and aims to celebrate diversity
and the many cultures and groups throughout North Somerset.
As well as entertainment, there was information and advice on a
range of issues, including community safety, employment and benefits.
Staff from the council, health, housing, police, voluntary groups
and other agencies were on hand to answer questions.
right: Jack in control of the sound desk!
[12/01/10] PARKY'S POSITIVE REPORT!
Parkinson has singled out Sunshine Radio and staff at Weston Area
Health NHS Trust for praise in his personal account of his year
as the nation’s Dignity Ambassador published today. (Jan 12)
In his report, Sir Michael
praises the people who inspired him; highlights small steps that
cost nothing, but make a real difference to people’s lives;
and opens up about his own experience of the care of his mother,
who had dementia.
He tells how he first met Weston nurse Jayne Biddiscombe, in September
2008, when she had signed up to the Dignity in Care campaign and
become the 3,000th Dignity Champion in the country.
then goes on to describe his visit to Weston General Hospital last
April and explains how he enjoyed his time with the volunteers at
Sunshine Radio, "...who devote their spare time to trying to
brighten the day for the patients in the hospital."