HOSPITAL RADIO LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING APPEAL IN BID FOR SURVIVAL
We need to secure around £50,000 of funding in the next few months otherwise we may be forced to close down.
Our aged studios at Derriford Hospital are to be pulled down to make way for new PET CT scanner and the hunt is on to secure new premises for us to operate from.
Station Manager Andrew Hill said: “Our landlords, the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, want to knock down our existing building and put a PET CT scanner on the site.
We have agreed to move out to facilitate this but there is no spare building on site for us to move into.
“It is therefore proposed to have a modular building brought to the hospital campus and converted into radio studios.
We’ve got just over £20,000 of funding in place but need to secure around another £50,000 to enable the project to go ahead.
If we can’t secure this quickly we may have to go off the air as hospital bosses want us to be out from where we currently are by November.
“We have therefore launched a crowdfunding appeal to try and raise a sizeable chunk of the remaining funds needed.
“Modular buildings can be put up quite quickly but even so time is of the essence in securing the additional funds which are needed.”
If every person who has ever listened to us gave just £1 we would soon reach what is needed.
Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can click the link at the top of the page to make a donation.
The station is also holding a number of fundraising events in coming weeks. See our news items for dates and venues.
Earlier this year Hospital Radio Plymouth was included as part of a nationwide independent research study into the impact of hospital broadcasting on health outcomes for patients.
Andrew said: “The outcome of this was quite interesting and also reassuring that hospital radio still has relevance in this day and age when people can bring their own entertainment gadgets into hospital with them. “The study showed the importance
of the face-to-face contact our presenters have with listeners by visiting them on the wards. The research also showed that stations such as ours help people feel like they are still an individual by focusing on their personality and musical preferences
in an environment which can sometimes be quite depersonalising.
Also having some input into the music being played helped people feel they still had some sense of control over their lives while they were in hospital.” Full details of the research study findings can be read at http://hbauk.com/impact Hospital Radio Plymouth broadcasts 24 hours a day every day of the year and
is staffed entirely by volunteers. “We are a charity in the pure sense,” Andrew added, “We have absolutely no paid staff and everything we do is provided entirely by voluntary effort.”
The station’s volunteers were recognised for their work in 2011 when the station was bestowed withthe Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service,
a group equivalent to an MBE.
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