Harrogate Hospital Radio takes to the air for 24-hour fundraising marathon
Last updated Apr 30, 2021
Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Oldfield
Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Mark Oldfield

From noon today, Harrogate Hospital Radio’s team of presenters will broadcast non-stop for 24 hours to kickstart its fundraising activities.

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the station’s finances and it is hoped this broadcast can start to raise some much-needed funds.

Normally, the station would be broadcasting live from major events across the district such as the Great Knaresborough Bed Race and the Great Yorkshire Show.

The annual running costs for Harrogate Hospital Radio, including insurance, public performance licence fees and broadband charges, are in the region of £5,000. On top of that, new music needs to be purchased and equipment updated or replaced.

Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Mark Oldfield said:

“Covid has had a major impact on our finances, and the sponsored broadcast marks the start of a post-pandemic fundraising campaign.

“Now, with lockdown easing and the vaccine being rolled out, we are in a position to relaunch our fundraising, starting with our presenting team participating in this 24-hour broadcast.

“We have also launched a JustGiving page, making it easier for supporters to make a donation.”

The station is offering potential sponsors the chance to add their name to a show, for 12 months, for a reduced fee of £150.

It is all in aid of raising as much money as possible. You can donate here.

Mr Oldfield added:

“I’m incredibly grateful to our fantastic team of volunteers. Without them, there would be no Harrogate Hospital Radio.

“I’d also like to thank Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust for their continued support of us, and our sponsors.”


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This is the running order for the marathon taking place from noon until 12pm tomorrow, bank holiday Monday.

1200-1300:    Launch & Welcome

1300-1400:    Live Lounge with local artist Stan Smith

1400-l5OO:   Dolly Mixtures and All Sorts

1500-1600:    Harrogate Hospital Radio’s Presenter Challenge

1600-1700:    The 60s Show

1700-1800:    G&T Name that Tune – Adele Vs George

1800-1900:    Head 2 Head – Wilson Vs Wright

1900-2000:    The School Disco Hour

2000-2100:    Club Classics

2100-2300:    HHR’s Pride Festival – Celebrating LGBTQ

2300-0000:    Kylie in Concert

Midnight:       Midnight Rock

0100-0200:    Soul Show

0200-0500:    HDFT Top 40 Feel Good Chart Show

0500-0600:    Night Shift Request Show

0600-0700:    The Early, Early Breakfast Show

0700-0900:    HHR Big Breakfast Show

0900-1000:    Woodlands Ward Hour

1000-1100:    Chart Show Rewind – 1977

1100-1200:    The 24th Hour


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