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Milton Keynes Hospital Radio By your bedside for over 30 years

Welcome Many thanks for taking the time to read through our magazine which will let you know a little more about the work of hospital radio here in Milton Keynes and how to get the most from us.

Our aim is to provide entertainment to the patients of the hospital any time day or night in order to take their mind off being in the hospital and to help them on the road to recovery. Milton Keynes Hospital Radio has been a part of the life and times of the hospital since 1984 and although many things have changed over time our philosophy of being there for the patients remains. In order for us to provide this service we have a small group of hard working volunteers who spend their time bringing together all the aspects of our service which includes equipment maintenance, presentation, fund raising, and programme production. There are a wide range of programmes available to cater for every musical taste all of which

are listed on our website www.mkhrs.org.uk which also contains more up to date details of the various activities and events which we are involved in. As the patients are at the heart of what we do our nightly request shows are the mainstay of our evenings involving our members spending time with the patients collecting requests as they go. We know from the reactions of patients that this contact is greatly appreciated. Our output isn’t restricted to within the hospital grounds as we also take part in a number of outside broadcasts each year as well as the more regular live commentary from every home game of the MK Dons.

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Milton Keynes Hospital Radio By your bedside for over 30 years

CONTENTS Broadcasting 24 Hours a day to the Patients’ and Staff at the Milton Keynes Hospital

3) MK Team On the Road 4) A Tribute to...BOB THE BUSKER 5) 90 years of service 6) A friendly face in a scary place! 10) What can you expect to hear? 12) ‘Retro Show’ By Tina Collins 13) Presenting a request show 14) Music is the best medicine! 16) Keeping the station on air! 17) On the road again! 18) Baby Bonding at Humpty Bumpty 20- 21) Our Programme Line-up

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Marathon Broadcast A huge thank you to Asda! Studio 2! A huge thank you for Studio 2 MK Dons Interview Spot the Ad Word Search Spot the difference Helplines & Contact Numbers Breeze through Pregnancy

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How to Contact Milton Keynes Hospital Radio

Address & Administration Contact: Milton Keynes Hospital Radio, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Standing Way, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, MK6 5LD Telephone: 01908 690 505 (24 hour answer phone) Email: fundraising@mkhrs.org.uk Registered Charity No. 289361 Published for Milton Keynes Hospital Radio by Essential Media Ltd: Telephone: 01908 889 499 | Email: info@theheartbeatmag.co.uk | www.theheartbeatmagazine.co.uk © The Heartbeat Magazine 2017. Disclaimer: The Heartbeat Magazine is powered by Milton Keynes Hospital Radio, Milton Keynes and is produced by essential media ltd. No parts of this publication can be reproduced or used in any form without the prior permission from the publisher. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken in producing this magazine, we do not accept any liability for inaccuracy or, endorse any companies & organisations featured. © The Heartbeat Magazine 2017.

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On January 30th 2017 we received the sad news that long serving member, Bob Pring, had passed away after a long illness. Before his illness, Bob had been a staple at the station for 10 years. He would travel all the way from Long Buckby to present the ‘Saturday Sports Show’, often helping to get the patients excited when the MK Dons played at the stadium. He rarely, if ever, missed a show as he didn’t want all you hardened sports fans to miss out just because you were ill. Bob was one of our most passionate and dedicated volunteers. He attended all of the committee meetings, putting forward his ideas to continually move the station forward, raise money and help spread the word that there was a free radio station within the hospital. He was the one who, in 2011, put his hand up and asked if we had thought of hosting a marathon broadcast to help raise money through sponsorship. Our fundraising committee, along with Bob, took the idea forward and it has now become an annual event which has helped raise over £6,000 for the station – all because of Bob!

As well as constantly coming up with fundraising ideas, including a sponsored slim, Bob was particularly known for his love of the harmonica. Reigniting his love for it in 2006, Bob was always happy to play a tune and entertain the crowd at our fundraising events, raising £70 solely by busking at our Live 45 event (you may have seen him at MK train station). Even before joining MK Hospital Radio 10 years ago, Bob had been an active member of several other stations including Radio Brockley and Radio Kings. This equated to well over 20 years of service to Hospital Radio, for which he received a Long Service Award from the national Hospital Broadcasting Association. It’s said a lot, especially when someone has passed, but Bob really did make an impact on everyone who met him.We have received condolences and kind words from most of the hospital departments, even ones we had no idea knew Bob. They, like everyone at MK Hospital Radio, remember Bob Pring; the man with the biggest smile, the latest sports scores, a never ending stream of ideas and a harmonica tucked in his jacket pocket.

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Running a station takes a lot of hard work and commitment, not only to present live shows every night but behind the scenes as well, and our volunteers seem to have it in abundance. In October 2015, at the finale of our Live 30 show, we had the privilege to host June Snowden, President of the National Hospital Broadcasting Association. She not only presented the station with a certificate to celebrate its 30th year on air (wohoo!) but also took the opportunity to present some of our members with Long Service certificates for their years of dedication.

Alan Clarke (36 years) They say without order there would be chaos.Well, the same could be said of Alan. In addition to presenting his show on a Thursday night, warming you all up with great music whilst the request collectors work, Alan also keeps the station organised behind the scenes. In his additional role as MKHR secretary, Alan ensures everything, from the studio music to the paperwork, is kept up to date so we can continue bringing you the great shows we do!

Phil Yates (25 years) A staple behind the scenes, Phil helps keep the volunteers organised and motivated during their fundraising activities. As well as hosting two request shows a week, where he also helps train future volunteers of the station, Phil attends every fundraising event to help keep the station on air (along with a team of helpers of course). He has dedicated 25 years to the station and shows no sign of slowing down yet.

Martin Thorpe (20 years) Our Vice Chairman and backbone of the MKHR volunteers, Martin has thrown himself into the running of the station alongside Chairman Phil. When Martin first started at MKHR, ward visits were nonexistent and we broadcast only within the hospital. Over the years, he has helped change this so we have request shows every weekday and are the only local radio station to offer Soccer Sight at MK Dons home game. Never happy unless moving forward, Martin has now thrown himself into building Studio 2.

Claudette (10 years) The queen of soul music, Claudette has an unexhausted amount of energy that she brings to every aspect of the station including the committee meetings she attends, her ‘Something Soulful’ show and to the stations fundraising and PR events.

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We know that being in hospital can, quite frankly, suck.You may have been feeling ill for a long time, or maybe you’ve come in through the Accident and Emergency department, but you will undoubtedly be feeling awful. If you’re not being visited by your loved ones and friends, your only other visitors are doctors and nurses running tests (which, although vital, are not particularly pleasant). Other than this you may spend the majority of your time alone which can add loneliness to your list. That’s why our request shows are so vital. It’s not just because your requests help create a fantastic set list that has us singing and dancing around the studio (be thankful that we don’t subject you to webcam footage). We love visiting the wards because it gives us a chance to come and have a chat with all of you.

We love to hear the reasons why you picked your songs; maybe it’s just been stuck in your head for a while, maybe it was the first dance at your wedding or it’s simply a song that puts a smile on your face and makes you feel better–it doesn’t matter, we just love to hear it. There are no limits to the number of songs you can request, or the style of songs we play, so don’t be afraid to tell us your favourite. It can be difficult trying to think of one, especially when we have put you on the spot, which is why you are more than welcome to call us mid show if you think of one! Don’t worry; we won’t put you on the air unless you want us too.

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We bring you music, shows and entertainment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whether you can’t sleep at night, want something to do throughout the day or just want to put a smile back on your face – MKHR is there for you at the click of a button. In addition to our scheduled pre-recorded programmes, and our weekday request shows, we bring you specialist programmes you won’t want to miss.

We mean it, especially with our request shows, if you can think of it we will play it. Our team of volunteers travel around the hospital, visiting as many wards as they can in order to get your requests and have a bit of a chat. In addition to our request shows, our volunteers provide you with live shows throughout the week to keep you entertained whether you’re in hospital for one day, one week or one month. It almost makes it worth it…almost!

These shows are IN ADDITION to our request shows. Tune in between 8 - 9 every weekday to hear all your favourite songs!

7-8pm – Retro Show - Tina Collins Tina brings you all your guilty pleasures.The ones that get your toes tapping, singing at the top of your voice (sorry nurses!) and having a smile plastered across your face. Your visitors have gone home but that no reason for the fun to stop!

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6-7pm – Chill out hours – Alan Clarke Alan brings you all your favourite songs from the 50s until now, along with a little trivia about the bands who made them famous, in our chill out hour. You’ll be having so much fun that you’ll forget that you’re learning along the way! 7-8pm – Easy listening - Donna Edgell Donna gets your Tuesday night off to a relaxing start as she brings you an hour of music that just forces you to relax. You’ll be singing along as you hear the songs you forgot you loved – it’ll be hard for you to get through a show without tapping your toes.

12pm – 2pm – Rose Marie on Sunday Rose Marie Calder There is no better entertainment whilst you are enjoying your lunch than Rose Marie’s show. Over the two hours, she brings you double hits of all your favourite artists – think she has missed on? Give her a call on 01908 690505, she loves to chat to guests.

Martin Thorpe brings you live coverage of the MK Dons when they are playing at MK Stadium. Covering the pre match excitement as well as the match itself, you’ll think you’re standing amongst the fans rather than lying in your hospital bed – just try not to scream too loud when they score!

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I’ve been at the station for five years now. Like all of our volunteers, I started out as part of the request team before learning how to run the desk and branching into running my own show. I still run a request show on a Monday so I can go around the hospital and visit the patients each week – I never know what you will want to talk about but I know it will be interesting! Tuesdays run slightly differently for me than Mondays because, whilst my team go round and collect requests, I host ‘The Retro Show’ between 7 – 8pm. Over an hour, I bring you a mix of music

that includes everything from the 1940’s until now. These songs are classics, those you forgot you loved but still know every word to and songs that bring back memories. Whilst I love running a request show, hearing your favourite songs and the memories that come with them, the Retro Show is on a whole new level. In a way its selfish, because l love every single song I play to the point my voice is normally raw from singing so much, but I get to connect with the patients in a different way. It’s like I’m inviting you all into my living room to share my favourite songs with you.

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Milton Keynes Hospital Radio By your bedside for over 30 years

Every MKHR volunteer starts their radio life the same way, on a request show. It really is a baptism of fire as they are thrown into a weekday request show to learn presenting skills, operating the studio and meeting some of the patients straight away. Many volunteers then move on to run their own shows, either in replacement of, or alongside the request show. Sarah-Jayne, who has been part of a request show for 6 years, tells you what it’s like on a typical Tuesday night: “The team arrive in the studio at 7pm to decide which ward, or wards, we are going to visit. A helpful checklist kept in the studio helps ensure we don’t go to the same ward twice in one week and that we get around to as many people as possible. Once we’ve decided what ward we’ll go to, psyched ourselves up (there are no sad faces on a request show, ever.) and filled our pockets with spare headphones for patients, we’re on our way. Our Tuesday night request team runs slightly differently to our Monday night team, primarily because Tina has her own show between 7-8pm on a Tuesday so isn’t available to come around the wards with us. Collecting requests can be nerve-wracking as it is very much a hit and miss situation. There can be days where we will visit three or four wards and only get a handful of requests (we don’t mind, we know you’re ill and sometimes just want to rest) but the majority of the time you are all very forthcoming with your requests and our request

sheet soon fills up. AJ and I always try and get a story to go with the request so we can try and personalise it some way when playing it on air later but, even when there’s no story to go with it, we’re always interested in the choices you make. Once we’ve spoken to all of you, given you spare headphones and tuned in your Hospicom units to the right channel it’s a mad dash back to the studio to create the ultimate playlist. Back in the studio, the hard work begins! We spend some time sat together, turning your requests into a playlist that runs smoothly – we rarely have a slow paced song next to a fast one as the tempo changes too drastically – this sometimes involves adding some ‘filler’ songs in but most of the time our request sheet is just too full. Once the set list is made, and the music is found, we jump onto the air and the show begins. We keep the energy high on a Tuesday night, discussing different topics between songs including current events, TV shows, fun antidotes and any memories we have surrounding the songs playing.We’re a mixed group of personalities that come together. There is guaranteed to be a song on every playlist that I haven’t heard – Tina, our trivia queen, normally has – so I get to hear music I otherwise never would have. Our energy levels only increase throughout so, by the end of the show, we are singing and dancing in the studio.”

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Think about when you’re travelling; driving, riding or walking to work with music playing in your ears. By the time you get to work you’re in a much better mood than when you left the house.That’s because, although medicine plays a crucial part in your recovery, so does music. It helps to subconsciously shift your mood from sad to happy as well as having an impact on your physical health including blood pressure, heart rate and an increased tolerance of pain (I always listen to the radio at blood tests!)

The Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) used their strong ties to the wider community of hospital radio stations to find out how listening to hospital radio can improve your mood. They held a study of over 250 people, including patients, staff and volunteers, to find out the impact of hospital radio.They looked at five different impact measures: Entertainment, Social interaction, calming and reassuring, creating a sense of belonging and feeling like an individual. The very thorough, 36 page report showed that listening to hospital radio helped in all areas.

Does anyone else feel like time moves incredibly slowly when you’re in hospital? You can be there for a day, week, month or sometimes longer and, other than the visiting times, you can spend a lot of time looking at the clock. It can be impossible to sleep because you’re in pain, monitors are beeping, nurses are doing hourly vitals check (very important, very annoying) and, as an alternative to TV, you’re tuning into the MK Hospital Radio. We give you access, via your Hospicom unit, to

music 24 hours a day – free of charge - so you never need to be bored again whilst our request shows let you take control of the playlist and get involved – plus we give you a cheeky shout out live on air!

By far the most important reason we send our volunteers out to the wards each and every day! Being in hospital can be an incredibly lonely, confusing and scary time in your life. You’re not feeling your best, anxious about operations or your recovery and only see your visitors once a day.We come to the wards and ask you if you’d like to hear a song and, while it’s great to get such a varied mix from you, we love hearing your stories more. It can be a fantastic icebreaker and often conversations will break out on the bay as to

what music is the best and the memories they prompt. The interaction doesn’t stop there as we take to the air, tell them your story and ask them what they think of the song. It’s a patient party and you’re all invited!

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67% of stations surveyed rated entertainment as their number one priority when deciding what to broadcast.

95% of the stations surveyed reported that presenters go out to meet patients on the wards.

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Being in hospital can be a terrifying experience. On top of not feeling yourself, you have the anxiety of upcoming operations and tests, especially when you have so much time to fear the worst. Our volunteers are there to take your mind off it, even if just for an hour, where you can talk about something other than your health issues (although we will chat about that too if it’ll put your mind at ease). Throughout the survey, the HBA spoke to staff who said that they had seen patients physically relax when listening to the

radio which made treatment ‘more effective and easier to bear’.

Being in hospital can be very disorientating, especially if you don’t get given an influx of gossip magazines by your visiting friends, because you don’t really know what’s going on in the world. Our presenters like to discuss a variety of things including current events, both local and national, news and actively invite you to get involved on our social media by posing questions for you to answer.As we are online, and you can submit

requests via email, it also forms a connection to the outside world as your loved ones can request a song for you and let you know they’re thinking of you.

You get admitted to hospital, either by ambulance or A and E, and you’re admitted into the ward. It can be very easy to lose your sense of self as your daily routine is stripped away from you and your life becomes about your condition rather than you as an individual. One of our highest priorities is making sure you are treated as an individual. We do this by playing your favourite song, whether Sinatra or Slipknot, and hearing your stories.

Then tune in to hear us recall meeting you and how great it was before playing your song for all to hear!

71% of the stations surveyed offer content in addition to music such as news, talk, sport, spoken word, weather and comedy. (We’re one of them).

71% of stations surveyed broadcast national news whilst information about things happening locally is broadcast by 67%

Giving patients a choice in what songs are played on the radio was the 4th highest priority for stations surveyed when deciding what to broadcast.

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We receive no additional funding to keep our station on the air so fundraising is a vital part of our year’s activity.We do this is a variety of ways; out on the road, live marathons, applying to be a company’s charity of the year and hosting outside broadcasts. The next few pages will go into detail about our different methods of fundraising but our outside broadcasts have to be a favourite – and the one we do most often – it’s basically a party around the hospital where you’re all invited. The preparation for an outside broadcast on the hospital grounds is probably the easiest in terms of scheduling. Our volunteers find a weekend where the majority of our volunteers are free, book it and confirm it with the hospital – it’s that simple. First things first: you need a theme. When we fundraise around seasonal holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Easter, it’s easy. The music list writes itself and we just have to check it flows before going on air. If it’s not a special occasion, then we have to create our own theme. With a theme in mind; we go through our dusty old archives and our own music at home to create a set list that sticks to it and is guaranteed to get you dancing.

While he is busy getting the portable studio set up, and ensuring it connects to your Hospicom unit, the rest of the team get to work. They set up the speakers, so visitors can hear it too, the promotional banners so people know who we are and get the buckets ready for shaking. Then it’s a quick trip to the Friends of Milton Keynes Hospital shop for coffee and before we know it we’re going live. When the music starts, the party begins and our volunteers inevitably start dancing – you just can’t stop your feet from tapping to our great mix. We encourage all visitors to get involved; either by requesting a song, dropping money into the buckets or dancing with us (believe me, it happens). While some of our volunteers are shaking buckets at the front of the hospital, another group are visiting the wards to get requests and make sure as many people as possible are tuned in. The three or more hours whizz by; a blur of interviews, music, trivia, sports and dancing, we’re normally exhausted by the time we finish. Martin ensures we’re connected with the automated playing system so the good music doesn’t stop and then it’s time to pack up.

Setting up is easy, mainly because we leave the technical parts up to vice chairman Martin!

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As fun as the live broadcasts around the hospital are (and they are fun!) sometimes we like to give you a change of scene (figuratively speaking of course) and go out into the community to broadcast from events. Our outside broadcasts at community events are run slightly differently to those around the hospital but still have one goal in mind: fundraising. No matter where we are, whether at MK Museum during one of their historical re-enactments or at the Woughton Carnival, we want to get you involved so you feel like you are there with us rather than in your hospital bed. We will get involved with as many events as we can; describe what is happening (harder than it looks when describing an acrobatic performance), posting

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pictures and videos on our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can see what we are seeing, play music to help keep your spirits up and interview event coordinators, performers, guests and anyone else we can get onto the microphone. Our team of volunteers split up during these events, rather than staying together like in the hospital, as there is just so much to do. Whilst Martin and Phil present live on air, talking to people who pass by and gather their requests, our team spread out into the crowd. We organise interviews and direct interviewees to our gazebo, host and edit our own pre-recorded interviews to be played on air, walking around with our buckets and leaflets to collect any money people want to donate and letting people know who we are. Keep your eye on the notice board outside the studio for information on where we’ll be broadcasting next.

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If you have an event that you think the patients of the hospital would love to hear about, and that MKHR would benefit from covering, email our fundraising coordinator: fundraising@mkhrs.org.uk with further details and a point of contact.

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24 Hour Music The A to Z of Pop Morning Music Radio Scooby with Captain Bill Sharkie Music Box The Comedy Hour with Ray Oxley Sunnyside of the Street with Ken Anton Classical Hour with Andy Scott Golden Years The A to Z of Pop Early Evening Music The Wednesday Night Request Show Late Night Music In Concert

24 Hour Music The A to Z of Pop Morning Music Radio Scooby with Captain Bill Sharkie Music Box The Comedy Hour with Ray Oxley Sunnyside of the Street with Ken Anton Classical Hour with Andy Scott Golden Years The A to Z of Pop The Retro Show with Tina Collins The Tuesday Night Request Show Late Night Music In Concert

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24 Hour Music The A to Z of Pop Morning Music Radio Scooby with Captain Bill Sharkie Sports Saturday The A to Z of Pop Weekend Music In Concert

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Once a year, primarily because it takes that long to recover from it, we take to the air for a Marathon Broadcast. These can last as long as 30, 40 or even 50 hours with our volunteers taking to the air through the night without interruption. One of the most memorable ones has to be Live30, full of VIP interviews and a special finish that included some of our volunteers getting certificates for their years of service (more about that later). The broadcast began with the chair of the NHS Trust, Baroness Wall, coming to the hospital restaurant to be interviewed about her life and the exciting plans she has for the future of the hospital including the expansion of the Accident and Emergency department to help mend the ever growing population of Milton Keynes and transforming it into a university hospital in order to help train and sculpt the future doctors, nurses and surgeons with hands on experience on the wards. If Baroness Wall wasn’t enough, our next guest was one of the most recognisable people to fans of MK Dons: Pete Winkleman. As our sports correspondent and a huge fan, there was only one person who could conduct the interviews and that was vice chairman Martin. Of course, it didn’t take long until the conversation turned to current matches and the future of MK Dons. The interview was, quite frankly, amazing and everyone who

listened was a huge fan of Pete by the end of it, if they weren’t already, in awe of the amazing life he has led. Now however, he is focusing on the MK Dons and keeping their eyes on the big prize, being ambitious, surviving, developing the players and eventually making their way into the Premier League. Our presenters then took to the air bringing you a whole host of different shows including; rock, swing, chart toppers, show stoppers and of course Saturday sports including live coverage of the MK Dons game. We moved back to the restaurant within the hospital for the grand finale of our Live 30 – possibly our most successful marathon broadcast to date – for a very special visit from the President of the National Hospital Broadcasting Association June Snowden who not only presented our station with a certificate to mark our 30 years on air but gave 4 of our members Long Service Certificates for their dedication. PBConversions_updated.pdf

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Although fundraising makes up the majority of the revenue we need to keep our station on air, we do occasionally get help from outside organisations who nominate us as their charity or give us a one off donation – all of which are gratefully received and go a long way in helping. One of our fundraising coordinators, Sarah-Jayne, was contacted by Asda Milton Keynes to tell her that MKHR had been put forward as one of three charities for their ‘Chosen By You, Given By Us’ campaign (CBYGBU). For those of you that don’t know, the CBYGBU nominate three charities every month who are then put to the public vote. Each customer is given a green token when paying for their shopping; they then put this green token into their choice of charity and whichever charity has the most votes at the end of the month receives a £200 donation. We were against some brilliant charities so competition was fierce. We asked everyone who visited Asda to vote for us and they obviously

listened because, at the end of the month, we received an email telling us that we had won. Tina and Sarah-Jayne Collins met with two representatives from Asda to receive the cheque and explain how the money would be used.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Asda for putting our charity forward and we’d also like to thank each and every customer who voted for us to win because, as always, we couldn’t do it without you!

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We’ve been on air for over 30 years and, although we think we’re doing an amazing job bringing you live shows every week, we have only ever broadcast from a single studio within MK University Hospital. Over the years we have grown and expanded so much that we have volunteers broadcasting live every weekday which, whilst fantastic, is hindering us from bringing you a larger variety of shows as we don’t have the space or equipment to train new presenters or pre-record shows for broadcast at a later date. With this in mind, we have launched our most exciting project to date – STUDIO 2! We have identified space outside our current studio which is not being utilised to its full potential. This space is ideal for us to expand into, making room for a second studio and even leaving space for volunteers to work on the production of shows. After speaking to the Hospital Management, we’ve created a strategy that sees us undertake the renovation in stages so we can minimise disruption and still bring you

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live shows regularly throughout. We’ve estimated that the works will cost approximately £35,000 – all of which will be raised by our volunteers, generous donations and successfully gaining grants. Our team have worked very hard and are delighted to say that Stage 1 of our project is complete: we have built an extension – you probably wouldn’t notice looking from the outside but internally it’s had a TARDIS effect. This was achieved thanks to a large grant from the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) and the hard work of our volunteers who have dedicated their time to do some DIY (they probably just wanted to play with the electrical tools!) Work is well underway to create the new studio area. Then the exciting bit happens – kitting it out! We will strip it out, refurbish it and refit both studios (studio 1 is well overdue an upgrade) with all new equipment so we have two highly modern studios to produce bigger and better shows for you to enjoy whilst stuck in your beds.

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Studio 2, as you can imagine, is a huge undertaking both physically and financially. Physically, our volunteers are more than willing to put in the sweat, tears and sometimes blood that it takes to create the second studio – a fact proved already as volunteers spent two afternoons tearing down walls and rearranging the studio before starting to rebuild it. Financially it is a little bit more tricky because, as an independently run charity who run purely on the funds we raise throughout the year, £35,000 is a large amount to find. The second studio would not be possible without the generosity of organisations who offer us grants (which we do apply for) to help fund our latest endeavour. Hospital Broadcast Association (HBA)

The HBA is more than happy to consider applications for grants and bursaries from the multitude of hospital radio stations around the UK. These are, of course, subject to very strict criteria but we approached them with our project proposal and waited with baited breath and everything crossed that we would be awarded the grant.

impressed them so much with his project plan that they gave us almost 6 times that amount! Synergy Financial Products LTD

We have received a £7,800 donation from St Albans-based Synergy Financial Products. The donation will be put towards the construction of Studio2! Ben Pears, Synergy’s Chief Executive and Steve Wyatt, a Non-executive director of Synergy presented the donation to us on 14th June 2016. Steve Wyatt, Non-executive Director, Synergy Financial Products has been working for us for almost a year now and was the mastermind behind the donation: “I have been volunteering with Milton Keynes Hospital Radio since September last year. Having firsthand experience of seeing the great work the charity does for the hospital’s patients I am delighted that we are able to support it with this donation.”

A month (or two) later we opened a very exciting email that said we had not only been successful but we’d been awarded a grant of £2,940 – enough to cover the deconstruction of the original wall and the rebuilding of the extension. Normally, the HBA only give grants up to £500 but Vice Chairman Martin Thorpe

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This season will be the tenth season that MKHR has provided commentary on MK Dons home games. We also provide the commentary for visually impaired fans in the stadium through the Soccer Sight service. In that time, we haven’t missed a single competitive home match. Martin Thorpe has been on the team since the beginning. We asked him about his time in the Press Box at stadium:mk. When did you start commentating?

What is the Worst ground?

I started commentating over my Subbuteo set when I Well I thought that wet Tuesday nights at Wealdstone’s was about 10. There were some epic games in those old ground would take some beating, but London Road tournaments! at Peterborough was easily worse! We went to cover the Play Off Semi-final, only to find that our ‘facilities’ My first real match was in 1985, when I joined the were literally a bench at the back of the stand. There Hospital Radio team at Huddersfield Town. It was a wasn’t space for the equipment and we had to move at bitterly cold Tuesday night in February, there was snow halftime to let the sponsors walk past on their way to on the ground and Town beat Hull City 2-1. the bar! I ended up commentating on my mobile phone because the internet didn’t work. Whats the best ground that you have commentated at? What was the best game that you ever commentated on? Without a doubt, the new Wembley for the Johnstones Paint Trophy Final in 2008. A great experience to sit in No contest. MK Dons vs Manchester United in 2014 the Wembley Press Box to describe the Dons 2-0 win in the League Cup. We had been waiting for years for over Grimsby. The Press facilities were incredible – a a cup match against one of the big four, and here it was. full breakfast was served on arrival, a Cream Tea at half- The stadium was full, Louie Van Gall was newly arrived time. Every seat had its own TV so we could watch at United and the Press were on his back. The United replays of incidents. The atmosphere was amazing, the team never settled and somehow, the Dons just kept noise was incredible. And the Dons won 2-0 just to cap scoring. Two goals for Will Grigg and two for Benick a perfect day. Afobe won the game 4-0. I still have the recording of the game and listening back, you can hear just how I was also fortunate to cover two matches at the old incredulous the whole thing was. Wembley. The facilities were not quite as good, but Best Wishes to all Patients, Staff & Volunteers from the old stadium had some wonderful areas behind the scenes that very few people ever got to see, such as the Long Gallery and the Banqueting Hall. You got a real sense of History just finding your way to your seat!

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What was the best goal that you have commentated on? Lots of contenders here, but I would pick the free kick by Sam Baldock in the Play Off semi against Peterborough in 2011. 40 yards out, it went like a bullet into the top corner. I knew that it was going in when he started his run-up! What was the strangest occurrence in a game? A 40 yard own goal after just 19 seconds! This happened at a Wealdstone game when I was commentating for Northwick Park Hospital Radio. The player’s name was Dennis Byatt. I was still reading out the teams as the game started, only to hear the cheer as it went in. I looked up to see the opposition, who hadn’t touched the ball yet, celebrating a goal. Fortunately my co-commentator had been watching. Two years later, Dennis retired, and I interviewed him about the goal at his Testimonial. He said that the Keeper had called for it, so he hit it back to him, only for the ball to sail over his head.

What one thing do you always take to a match? My co-commentator. This job would be really boring if I did it on my own (for the listeners as well – Ed) so I always have someone to work with. John Creasey has been my regular partner for many years and I enjoy working with him as our sense of humours match. Even a boring game is good fun when the banter kicks in. What advice would you give anyone wanting to take up football commentary? Learn the Laws of the game. I am a registered Referee, so have a head start here, but so many Commentators and pundits really don’t understand the ‘rules’ of the game that they spout about. Do you have a Sheepskin coat like Motty? No, but I do have a blue tartan fluffy fleece that comes out on really cold days !!

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