A RADIO station set up by a group of teenagers is celebrating 40 years of brightening the lives of patients at Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross.
Rugby Hospital Radio was founded by Fareham Youth Club in 1972 and led by youth worker and DJ David Barret and his brother Paul.
During the early part of the 1980s, they amicably parted company with the club to become an organisation in its own right.
Chairman Richard Green, who is also one of the presenters, said: “We are so proud to be celebrating our 40th year of providing a crucial service to the patients.
“The radio provides company for some people who might not have any visitors.”
Initially programmes were four days a week - there’s now a full 24-hour schedule every day of the year, which includes a daily patients’ request programme.
All live programmes on Rugby Hospital Radio are broadcast by volunteers from a purpose-built studio.
Chris Wade - assisted by his beloved guide dog Munro - takes requests from patients before presenting his own show.
He has been working at the station for 12 years.
Chris said: “It takes me twice as long to get round to everyone because everyone likes to fuss Munro!
“I know how therapeutic it is for people so it’s great to be of it.”
Helping Rugby’s Hospital of St Cross is one of the top priorities for Rugby Mayor Cllr Kathryn Lawrence.
She said: “I chose the Friends of St Cross as I’ve been going there since I was a child.
“At that time all they had was a tea trolley so I know first hand how important something like hospital radio is.”
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