Hospital radio station makes waves thanks to Bags of Help

A popular hospital radio station that has recently relocated, has purchased new studio equipment after receiving a £1,000 grant from Bags of Help.

Royal Free Radio – previously known as Radio Enfield - was established in 1970 by a group of school friends who were inspired by the pirate radio stations of the 1960s. The friends started broadcasting to patients in Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield one evening a week.

Today, the station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week and also reaches patients in Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and North Middlesex University Hospital.

As a result of their relocation, the radio station needed new equipment and embarked on a fundraising drive, including taking part in Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with community charity Groundwork, allows Tesco customers to vote each time they shop for three local community projects to receive funding of up to £4,000.

Royal Free Radio Chairman David Scarff, who has been with the station since it started, said:

“When we calculated the cost of replacing our ageing studio equipment – some of which dated back to the 1980s with no spare parts available – it looked a daunting task to raise the funds to achieve this.

“The Tesco Bags of Help grant was therefore a great help in getting the project off the ground and we very much appreciate the support and interest shown by Tesco customers in helping us achieve our aim.

“We’re pleased to be able to give our listeners an even better listening experience.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. With two new ways in which community groups can benefit from funding, find out more about the scheme and how to nominate a project.

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