A charity which helps cheer up sick children at Southampton General Hospital is celebrating its 20th birthday this month.
Radio Lollipop Southampton has supported thousands of young patients since its launch in 1994, providing music and play at a time when many children can feel vulnerable and frightened.
The volunteer-run radio station, based in a small studio at Southampton General Hospital, provides 24/7 entertainment, as well as broadcasting live to the children’s wards three nights a week.
Based on the healing power of play, the team also visit the children on the wards, equipped with puzzles, word searches, colouring competitions and crafts.
The visits can make a huge difference to young patients, adding a touch of normality to their hospital stay.
Radio Lollipop Southampton will mark its 20th birthday with a family fun day outside the main entrance to Southampton General Hospital from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday (12 July).
As well as the charity’s new inflatable roadshow, there will be music, games and prizes.
Mark Maffey, chair of Radio Lollipop Southampton, said: “Everyone involved feels very proud of all that has been achieved over the past 20 years.
“Our volunteers have made a huge difference to the lives of countless families whose children have received treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
“The team would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has helped us over the years. From our volunteers and fundraisers, to the children’s ward staff, we are extremely grateful to you all.”
Currently, Radio Lollipop Southampton, which was launched on July 4 1994, has 20 active volunteers, ranging from students to retired people.
But more recruits are needed to continue the service and possibly allow it to expand to cover other evenings.
Volunteers need to be over 18 and prepared to devote at least two hours a week to Radio Lollipop.
If you would like to know more, leave a message with the station on 023 8120 4677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, contact Kim Sutton, voluntary services manager at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, on 023 8120 6062.
Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014