Volunteers at Southampton’s teaching hospitals have marked the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with one of Her Majesty’s most prestigious honours.
Team members at Southampton Hospital Radio, which celebrates 60 years of broadcasting at Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals in October, today received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The award, created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, is the highest given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding community work.
Since first bringing Southampton Football Club’s 3–3 draw with Doncaster Rovers to the ears of fans in hospital 1952, more than 2,000 volunteers have graced the studio in Tebourba Way, Millbrook.
The station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, supports the recovery of thousands of listeners with everything from football and cricket commentary, to music, chat and discussion.
“We have come a long way since launching with just a microphone, tape recorder and £75 licence fee 60 years ago and this award recognises the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm every single volunteer has instilled in the station,” said current chairman Steve Mullane.
“It is also extremely poignant for us and all of the people who’ve listened and thanked us over the years that we’ve been given the chance to share in the celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in our own 60th year.”
Kim Sutton, voluntary services manager at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Steve, his team and the many volunteers who have helped to make Southampton Hospital Radio such a success – it is the perfect reward for the magnificent display of teamwork and loyalty shown over the past 60 years.”
Anyone who would like to share their memories of Southampton Hospital Radio ahead of its 60-year celebrations or is interested in volunteering should call 023 8078 5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Saturday 2 June 2012