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Fundraising helps secure future of hospital radio

Posted on Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Radio Echo volunteers

Hospital Radio Echo chairman Dan Slee, second right, with volunteers

Events to mark the 50th anniversary of Carlisle’s hospital radio have helped secured the future of the station.

Presenters and volunteers from Hospital Radio Echo held a 25-hour marathon broadcast to celebrate the milestone, sold quiz sheets and collected donations in the atrium of the Cumberland Infirmary during September.

More than £350 was raised which will go towards the running costs of the station and new volunteers were recruited to help keep the station on the airwaves for the enjoyment of patients.

Hospital Radio Echo held a sponsored 25 hour broadcast, sold quiz sheets and collected donations in the atrium of the Cumberland Infirmary during the course of last week.

Dan Slee, chairman of Hospital Radio Echo, said: “Thanks to everyone who donated money during our fundraiser. As we receive no funding, this will go towards the running costs of the station and helps secure our future.

“Our 50th birthday was a great opportunity to shout about what we do and as a result, we’ve met various people who are keen to get involved. Here’s to the next 50 years!”

Hospital radio began in Carlisle in January 1962 with live broadcasts of Carlisle United’s home matches. Hospital Radio Echo can be found on channel five on the Hospedia patient entertainment system at the Cumberland Infirmary.