A local charity which provides a radio station to patients in hospital is expanding the service they offer.
Kendal-based Bay Trust Radio, which is run entirely by volunteers, will become available in Blackpool for the first time.
The move will see the station broadcast to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as well as the Westmorland General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The station is also available to the wider community online.
Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wendy Swift, said: "This is an exciting development where we can maintain and further develop the hospital radio service across the Trust. It means patients can receive a fantastic range of programming including request shows, local and national news and sport and specialist music programmes.”
Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Aaron Cummins, said: "I am so pleased that Bay Trust Radio is expanding its followship! Welcoming our community teams is part of an exciting new chapter in Morecambe Bay history and to be able to offer this service to a wider group of staff, patients and the public is just fantastic. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Bay Trust Radio - your unwavering commitment and efforts are much appreciated".
John Williamson, Station Manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome volunteers, patients, staff and visitors of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals to Bay Trust Radio. We will be working together as a bigger team of volunteers from across Lancashire and Cumbria, providing a fantastic radio service which is available inside hospitals and online.”
John continued: “If you’re interested in radio, media or want to help make a difference to your local hospitals, now is the perfect time to join our charity!”
You can apply to become a volunteer by visiting baytrustradio.org.uk/join-us or call 0330 223 0056.