A HOSPITAL radio service has issued an urgent SOS appeal to prevent it from possible closure.

Roch Valley Radio, which has been operating from Fairfield Hospital since 2006, could go “off air” permanently if a new committee is not assembled.

The current committee, some of whom have been involved for more than 30 years, can no longer afford the time to run the station.

Station manager Bob Chadwick, who has been with the hospital service since 1980, said: “We are looking for people who can dedicate a small amount of time to help run the station and develop its future.

Although we have asked the current volunteers if they want to take over, sadly no one has come forward.”

The station, which is a registered charity, has the latest equipment and broadcasts via the Hospedia television and radio service to each bedside unit. It is a free service for patients, staff and visitors.

Bob added: “Although only a minimum amount of time is needed to run the station, it does need a few new faces who are interested in running the charity.

“The ideal person would have a few hours a month to spare and have an interest in the media or radio, though presenting on the station is not an essential requirement of being a committee member.”

The station is looking for a new chairman, secretary, treasurer and a co-ordinator who can assist with volunteer recruitment, training and the organisation of the current team of volunteers. Experience in fundraising and applying for grants would be useful. say the station’s leaders.

An open day is to be arranged to help attract potential new volunteers wishing to become committee members, but if there is no response by March 15, the current volunteers will have to look at disbanding the station.

“This is the last thing we want to do as I think the station has a great future and offers a valuable service to the patients,” added Bob.

  • Anyone interested in helping can contact volunteer Darryll Few by e-mailing rvr@darryllfew.com or calling 07776 481246.