Sixty years on air at the DGH

Chris Smith of Radio DGH which is seeking new volunteers
Chris Smith of Radio DGH which is seeking new volunteers

RADIO DGH will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Volunteers will be joined by an array of special guests to mark the birthday of the free bedside radio service for patients in the hospital.

There will be 60 hours of special live broadcasts which, in addition to welcome returns for various former Radio DGH presenters, will also feature unique shows hosted by, among others, Norman Baker MP, BBC presenter and Mastermind winner Fred Housego, and Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps.

June Snowden, president of the Hospital Broadcasting Association will also visit the DGH on August 29 to present long service awards to some of the volunteers and talk to patients about their local hospital radio service.

A growing number of local businesses have agreed to recognise this milestone by donating £60 to Radio DGH which is a registered charity.

The money will be used to fund equipment replacement projects.

Radio DGH chairman Chris Smith said, “We are delighted with the response to our special weekend.

“Radio DGH is run entirely by volunteers who not only have to produce the programmes but also have to work very hard to raise the funds we need to keep going every year.

“This celebration will be a tremendous boost to everyone.”