M6toll funding hits the right note for Hospital Radio

The immediate future of a 24-hour hospital radio service has been secured thanks to funding from the M6toll.

Hospital Radio Stafford has been selected by the motorway’s social committee to receive £1,500 through its Drive for Charity in the Community scheme.

The donation will help to upgrade the station’s computer software, enabling the charity to continue to entertain and inform patients across four sites, including Katharine House Hospice.

Natalie Pelling, from Hospital Radio Stafford, said: “The service has a positive impact on patients and volunteers, bringing a sense of community to everyone across the hospital sites. We don’t ever want to let them down by not being able to broadcast their favourite music and chat, so we are incredibly grateful to M6toll for supporting us.

“Our studio software is almost 15 years old and, despite an update in 2015, it is becoming increasingly unreliable. The funding from M6toll will help us to maintain our 24-hour service and focus our other fundraising on further upgrades to the studios.”

Hospital Radio Stafford is a small self-funded local charity which has been broadcasting to hospitals in central Staffordshire since 1972. The service delivers 33 hours of ‘live’ programming, where most of which are request shows. For more information visit www.hrstafford.org.uk.

Since the M6toll opened 15 years ago, operators Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have donated more than £1million to local good causes.

Maxine Estevez of M6toll, said: “Our Drive for Charity in the Community scheme allows us to assist a wide range of good causes that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people.

“Being in hospital can be very stressful, so helping to pass that time in a pleasant and engaging way is a great service that we are proud to support.”

This year, M6toll’s online scheme saw £20,000 given to ‘charity of the year’ Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and dozens of smaller awards made to community projects. To find out more visit here.

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