The Mayor of Redbridge officially cuts the ribbon launching Bedrock Radio at Goodmayes Hospital.
The Mayor of Redbridge, 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 favourite 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 hospital.
Very Impressed – Mayor of Redbridge
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 heath related matters. The stations can be heard online & mobile
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