Lauren Laverne to join unique hospital radio partnership to thank health workers


ROCK and radio “royalty” Lauren Laverne is the latest big name to join a unique hospital radio partnership to thank healthcare workers in Warrington and Halton.

This Friday February 19, Warrington & Halton Hospitals hospital radio stations – Radio General (Warrington Hospital) and Radio Halton (Halton Hospital) – along with Soho Radio and a host of big names will be saying a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to NHS and Social Care staff for their astounding efforts to combat Covid 19.
The line-up will see hospital radio presenters working in tandem with some of radio’s leading lights.
Rockstar, TV Presenter and Radio Royalty, Lauren Laverne has now confirmed her involvement in the one-off event which will run from 8am-8pm.
The schedule is packed with fantastic music including special acoustic performance from James Blunt and Daisy Chute.
Other guest broadcasters include Ayo Akinwolere. The former Blue Peter star, Celebrity Masterchef contestant and Sky Sports presenter was first to declare his involvement. He’s joined by legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE, along with Primal Scream bassist and renowned Rock DJ Simone Marie.
With other star guests soon to be announced there’s a host of household names lining up to say THANK YOU to our amazing health and care teams with interviews, messages and performances.
Through the pandemic, Radio General) and Radio Halton haven’t had their normal interaction with patients and have had limited access to their studios. They were determined, though, to find a way to reach out to patients and thank staff for their incredible work over the past year.
Soho Radio stepped up and offered their assistance to deliver a day of star-studded, synchronised live broadcasts. Soho Radio is a community-driven radio station, industry-leading podcast studio and live-events production team. They’re bringing their expertise, style and bulging contacts book to help boost health and care teams across our area.
Using video conferencing software and online broadcast channels, celebrated DJs will present shows, remotely, with our own hospital radio presenters.
It will be broadcast on:
· Radio General’s (Warrington Hospital Radio) online radio station
· Radio General and Radio Halton’s normal hospital networks and PA systems
· Soho Radio’s online digital radio station
· Download the Soho Radio app from Google Play or the Apple Store
Dr Alex Crowe, Medical Director of WHH is excited by the project: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us, as a Trust, to publicly get behind the wonderful NHS and Social Care staff in our area, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for over a year now.
“We keep asking them to go back to the well, to dig deeper and keep going. And they have not let us down. Their professionalism, compassion and resilience is remarkable.
“While this has been the most challenging year of my NHS career, I can also say I have never felt more pride in my profession, my Trust and my colleagues. Radio Day is a way to broadcast that pride to staff, patients and the wider world.”
“Keith Inman and Derek Gates from our Hospital radio stations are proud to be involved “Both radio stations are very pleased to be part of this special day and to be able to say Thank You to all our NHS staff and carers for all of their hard work and dedication, especially during the pandemic. It will enable us to build positively for the future and continue to support them all through the months ahead.”
Adrian Meehan, founder and Director of Soho Radio said: “We jumped at the chance to work with WHH and their hospital radio stations. Like everyone else in the country, we have marvelled at the work of the NHS over the past year.
We also know that hospital radio is such a vital resource to support the mood and wellbeing of patients and staff. Many big names cut their broadcasting teeth in hospital and community radio. We’re delighted we can play a part in helping the stations extend their services while recognising and honouring the work of hospital staff.”


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