The Mayor of Redbridge officially cuts the ribbon launching Bedrock Radio at
The Mayor, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra; visited Goodmayes Hospital on Sunday 20th
November to officially re-open the hospital radio studio.
Volunteers at Bedrock Radio with support from members of staff from the North
East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) worked tirelessly to refurbish and refit
the studio suite at Goodmayes Hospital.
The Hospital radio station was previously run by the Goodmayes Hospital Radio
Association under the broadcasting name of 'The Jumbo Sound'. In November
2015 the station ceased broadcasting following a major radiator leak that
flooded and destroyed all of the equipment, Volunteers voted to merge with
Bedrock based at Queen’s Hospital in Romford in April 2016 .
On Sunday (20th Nov) the Mayor officially cut the ribbon and declared the
studio open before members; Phil Lester and Martin Levin launched the new
studio by interviewing the Mayor and asking him about his career, the
challenges he faced and his favorite music.
The Mayor was also taken on a tour of the facilities of the NELFT hospital by
Deputy Director of Goodmayes Hospital Wellington Makala. Wellington showed
the Mayor the state of the art facilities used to treat the patients at the
The Mayor commented that he was "very impressed" by what he had seen at the
hospital and thought the radio was "really helpful for patients to aid with
their recovery". The Mayor then attended a buffet laid on by the radio
members and spent time talking to volunteers about the radio.
Mathew Watson, Chairman, Bedrock commented: “All the volunteers at Bedrock
appreciate the Mayor taking time out of his busy schedule to officially launch our studio, we have worked tirelessly to get back on-air and we look forward to working with NELFT and helping improve patients stay at Goodmayes Hospital"
Lee Howe, Engineer Bedrock said, “The hard work and the long hours put into
rebuilding the studio are finally paying off, It's great to see the studios
being used. I hope the patients and staff will enjoy the shows.”
Chris Deighton, Secretary, said “I have been excited for weeks, looking
forward to this day”
Bedrock is built upon a 52 year heritage from it’s founding stations. The
station calls itself a ‘health and hospital’ station focusing on both in-patient entertainment while keeping outpatients, staff & local community informed of health related matters.
The stations can be heard online at www.bedrockradio.org.uk Plus throughout
Goodmayes Hospital, Ilford and Queen's Hospital, Romford.
Volunteers are always welcome to apply to work at either studio. Application
forms can be Downloaded at; www.bedrockradio.org.uk/volunteer