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Make Someone’s Christmas Special

16 Nov 2017 – This Christmas hundreds of older people will have to stay in hospital because they are not well enough to go home. Could you donate a present to help make someone’s Christmas special?

Once again UHL Volunteers Services is joining forces with Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust to encourage local people to donate presents for our older patients too poorly to leave hospital this Christmas.

Following the success of this campaign in previous years, we want you to help us make Christmas Day special again this year.

How to donate
It’s really easy! Just print off a gift tag for the campaign (link below), before attaching it to a small gift bag filled with goodies! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make someone smile – we suggest items add up to no more than £10. Full details below on our poster. Please put our poster up in your place of work. Please place your gifts into a gift bag, do not wrap up the gifts.

We have listed a few recommended items, plus items we are unable to accept. We would appreciate it if these lists could be followed as it helps our Volunteers when they check and distribute the gifts.

Where to donate
You can take your gift bag to the main receptions at one of our three hospitals – Glenfield, the General and Royal Infirmary – and any of the Age UK shops, resource centres and offices across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will accept gifts for our elderly patients.

Last donations accepted in the three main hospital receptions and the AGE UK shops and resource centres on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Suggested gifts

Lip balms, hand lotions, foot lotions, hand wipes, Soaps, body wash or deodorant, Slipper socks or bed socks, Chocolates, biscuits, sweets, cereal bars, Halal / Indian sweets (not homemade), Cordials, original, herbal or flavoured tea-bags, hot chocolate or coffee sachets, Pens, pencils, notepads, notelets, cards, books and puzzle books

To prevent infection: we will only be able to accept new items in their original packaging and gifts placed in a gift bag and not wrapped in paper. All purchased food products must be in a sealed package and still in date.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept edible homemade gifts (cakes, sweets etc), electrical items, used books, DVDs or VHS tapes; denominational or religious material.

Request a song online

Did you know that you can request a song via this website?

Visit the ‘Your Radio Fox’ page in the programme information drop down list and you’ll find an online request form. Fill in the details and we’ll play your favourite song on our next available request show!

We can only play songs for listeners in the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield Hospital, but friends and relatives are of course welcome to request a song for a loved one in hospital and you can hear it played via our streaming service.

Richard rocks Saturday nights

Richard Leatherland

Rock music is set to return to Radio Fox.

From this Saturday (27th July) Richard Leatherland will be hosting The Leather & Denim Rock Show.  The new programme will bring a rounded mix of classic rock just right for a Saturday night, including a featured group, album and year amongst other treats.

Richard was the regular stand in presenter on the long running Classic Rock Show, which ended earlier this year after Pete Bracey and Dave Rowe decided to take a break from presenting.  He’s also no stranger to our Saturday line up, having been a regular presenter on our Saturday morning request show.

The Leather & Denim Rock Show can be heard between 8 & 10pm this Saturday and on 3rd August before it moves to its regular start time of 7pm from 10th August.  Our popular Dancezone programme moves to a new time of 9pm from 10th August with Joe Shikely continuing to play classic floor fillers from the last 25 years.

Jossy’s Giants come to Radio Fox!

This Wednesday (12th June) Julie Foy is our special guest on the Matt & Dean Show!

Julie played Tracey in the classic kids TV show Jossy’s Giants, a big favourite amongst presenters of a certain age at Radio Fox!  The show, written by legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell, ran on BBC1 between 1986 and 1987.

You can hear the interview as part of the newly extended Matt & Dean show between 10 and midnight on Wednesday.

Go with the flow, tune in to our stream

Did you know that you can listen to Radio Fox even when you’re not in hospital?

Radio Fox is now streaming via the FREE Tunein radio app, which is available on smartphones or via your computer.  Once you’re on Tunein, search for Radio Fox and once you see our Foxy logo, you’ll know you’ve got the right station!

Our streaming service means that friends & relatives can also hear songs they’ve requested for loved ones in hospital – if you’d like a song playing for someone you know in the Royal or Glenfield, go to the ‘Presenters & Shows’ drop down list at the top of this page and select ‘Your Radio Fox’ – you’ll find an easy to complete form there.

For further details on our streaming service check out the ‘listen live’ section elsewhere on this website.

Go behind the scenes

Radio Fox has made a new promotional video available on its Youtube channel.

Produced by Your Radio Fox presenter Kathryn Smith, the video features interviews with members and a look behind the scenes at Leicester’s award winning hospital radio service.

View the video for yourself by clicking on the link to our Youtube channel elsewhere on the homepage.

New Spring programmes announced

Spring is finally here and Radio Fox is doing a bit of spring cleaning to its schedule, with some fresh new shows for you to enjoy.

Joe Shikeley will be hosting a double dose of Classic Number Ones each week, bringing you some of the finest chart toppers from the last 50 years every Monday and Wednesday from 11pm.

Also on Wednesdays, don’t miss the Matt & Dean show which can be heard from 10pm.  Featuring, music, comedy, silly challenges and much more – it’s a must listen programme!

Further changes to the schedule will be announced later this month.  In the meantime, if you missed our 25th birthday celebrations, head over to our Soundcloud page where you’ll find a selection of interviews from the big day.

Birthday celebrations are a big hit

Radio Fox achieved an average audience share of 50% for its birthday celebrations, according to audience data supplied by Hospedia.
The audience share peaked at 59% for our big birthday request show on 23rd April, when one of our listeners won a pair of tickets to see Leona Lewis in Nottingham.  In terms of numbers of listeners, the programme attracted our biggest recorded audience since January 2011 and had more listeners than the other five stations available on the wards combined.
There were big audiences too for our other non request programmes, with all our special birthday shows achieving an audience share of 40% or more.  Our countdown of the most requested songs of the last 25 years on Monday attracted the biggest recorded audience for a non request programme in 12 years with an audience share of 57%, while Bob’s Birthday Breakfast, which included an interview with University Hospitals Of Leicester Chairman Martin Hindle, achieving an audience share of 51%.
Station Director Steve Hack is delighted with the audience figures.  “Our 25th birthday was one of the most memorable days in our history and it is fantastic that so many people tuned in to enjoy the celebrations.  Thank you to everyone who tuned in, asked for a request or took part in our competitions.”
Joining the current Radio Fox team for the big day were founder member Paul Hawes and past presenters including Vin Prema, Paul Quilter, Jim & Dave and Kris Bramwell.  Another founder member, Graham Coley, was interviewed and you can hear his thoughts on Radio Fox by heading over to our Soundcloud page.

Les Eastham to co-host special Sixties Show

Les
Long serving presenter Les Eastham is to make a one off return to the Sixties Scene programme for our 25th birthday.
Les will be joining current hosts Richard Leatherland and Ruth Carroll for an extended special of the long running show on Thursday April 25th between 6 and 8pm.  As well as the usual features they’ll be a few competitions including the opportunity to win a limited edition Beach Boys single.

Radio Fox shortlisted for award

Radio Fox's Scott Mclaren enjoyed success at the HBA awards back in 2003

Radio Fox’s Scott Mclaren enjoyed success at the HBA awards back in 2003

Radio Fox has been shortlisted at this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards.

The Indigo Club, our Sunday night jazz show, is in the top ten of the
Specialist Music category.

This extends the station’s success in the annual awards, which are
judged by industry experts and considered to be the ‘Sonys’ of the
hospital radio world.

Radio Fox has been shortlisted in at least one category in the
Hospital Radio Fox in every year since 2000.

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