Charity of the Month: HWD Hospital Radio

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, has visited HWD Hospital radio volunteers after raising £175 for the much-loved station as her February charity of the month.

Ms Brabin met the broadcasting team at their studios based inside Dewsbury and District Hospital to chat about activities and future plans for the long-running station.

Broadcasting from Dewsbury Hospital, Heavy Woollen District Hospital Radio’s combination of easy-listening music, chat and sports commentary has helped make people’s time spent in hospital more relaxed and comfortable for the past 67 years.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for young aspiring DJs and journalists to gain vital experience in the radio industry.

The money donated by Tracy Brabin will go towards vital upkeep of the station’s equipment and to cover the cost of licences the station needs to stay on air.

Ms Brabin last visited HWD in 2017, when she officially opened the station’s refurbished studio.

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “It was great to go back to HWD and meet the team again, it doesn’t seem like three years since I was last here.

“Hospital radio is a vital and much loved institution which is why I was so happy to choose HWD as my charity of the month for February, and I’m glad the money raised will help the station continue to run smoothly.

“Being in hospital can be a stressful and traumatic time for anyone but the professional standard service HWD’s mix of experienced disc jockeys and fresh new talent help to make the experience easier.

“Hospital radio is also a bedrock of the media industry and is often the first step on the career ladder for aspiring journalists. I met Ellie, a University of Leeds journalism student, who was just about to start her first show which is testament to the crucial role of hospital radio in giving young people the experience and opportunities they need in the media industry.

“It was lovely to meet Mike Binns, HWD’s chair and long-serving DJ, again and I can’t wait to go live on air with him soon for a chat.”

Mike Binns, chair of HWD Hospital Radio, added: “We were delighted Tracy remembered us after her visit in 2017, and as we are a charity any money is greatly received.

“It will help with the upkeep of the studio and to pay for any equipment that needs replacing or repairing.”

Tracy Brabin’s charity of the month for March is Friends of Batley Station.

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