Radio Nostalgia brings yesterday’s tunes to hospital patients

21 June 2017 – Patients from four hospital wards will get specially created radio shows supplied on CD and designed to bring back memories of a bygone era. They will hear tunes, newsreels, and advertisements from the 1930s to the 1970s. All created by the volunteer presenters of Radio Fox.

The first Radio Nostalgia launch shows will be broadcast to patients at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) Bennion Centre on Tuesday 27th June.  The centre, on the Glenfield Hospital site, has two wards for older people with general mental health conditions.

This will be followed by a further broadcast at the Evington Centre on Tuesday 11th July.  The Evington Centre includes two wards for people in the advanced stages of dementia.

The initial concept began when Peter Hirst from the band Refuge appeared as a guest on the Jonny Bance Show on Radio Fox. A chance meeting of like minded people and the idea snowballed from there. Pete has been instrumental (no pun intended) from the start working behind the scenes literally making Radio Nostalgia happen.  The music concept and compilation were created by Hospital Radio Fox, a free 24/7 radio station manned entirely by volunteers who broadcast to the patients of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield Hospital. From any computer, smartphone, tablet, or laptop you can tune in to Radio Fox 24 hours a day by clicking Listen Live. You can also listen live via this website.

The first 2 disc compilation was called Alan T’s Tea Dance and some of the music choices on the CDs were suggestions from the Older Persons Wellbeing team as being some of their patient’s favourite songs.

With additional live music on both launch days from three-piece acoustic band Refuge.

Lyn Williams, service manager for mental health services for older people, said: “These broadcasts have been made specifically for older people. It helps elicit memories about how radio used to be with music and advertisements from their era that they can make connections with. It enhances wellbeing for people who have cognitive difficulties.  It brings back past memories from their lives. This has not been tried anywhere else as far as we know.”

Over the past two years LPT has brought live music onto its wards to entertain adult and older patients with mental health issues. Patients regularly sing and dance along as Pete Hirst’s band Refuge play a series of classic tunes including ones made famous by Elvis, Motown, and many others.

Victim First in Leicestershire

12 June 2017 – Victim First is a free, independent and confidential service for victims and witnesses of crime and high risk antisocial behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Victim First is designed to ensure that the needs of the victim and witness are supported at every stage of the justice process. We provide information and advice, crime prevention measures, access to specialist support, restorative justice options and someone to talk to, to help victims and witnesses recover from the impact of crime.

We have a team of experienced and professional caseworkers, supported by a team of dedicated and highly trained volunteers to help support victims and witness in their journey of recovery. To find out more please use the telephone numbers and links below. View our latest newsletter by clicking here.

Telephone: 0116 248 4416 / 07870 916286 / 0800 953 9595





Working in partnership: Catch22, Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Restorative Solutions

It’s Volunteers Week – 1st to 7th June 2017. 

2 June 2017 – Volunteers’ Week is a chance to be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of volunteering, recognising the contribution of 23 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.

Volunteers’ Week is a long-standing, popular event in the voluntary sector, established in 1984. It is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of events across the UK. These events showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

University Hospitals of Leicester are celebrating Volunteers Week 2017 between 1-7 June and asking staff & patients alike to say thanks to our volunteers for all they do. The week culminates with the Volunteer Thank You Event for all UHL volunteers.

Every member of Radio Fox is a volunteer who gives their time, talent and expertise to run Radio Fox for the benefit of patients and staff of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and The Glenfield Hospital.

Pete Hirst returns to the Jonny Bance Show

26 May 2017 – Pete Hirst returns to the Jonny Bance Show on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Back in October 2016 Pete Hirst vocalist from the acoustic band Refuge guested on the Jonny Bance Show to promote World Mental Health Day. Refuge work within the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust performing on the hospital wards for patients. On Saturday 27th May Pete Hirst returns to the Jonny Bance Show to update us on their work within the UHL trust.

Pete Hirst will also update us on his work with the rethinkyourmind project.  Created by those with experience of mental health challenges, themselves service users – its purpose to creatively express well-being.

Since his last visit with Pete’s help Radio Fox has been engaging with the UHL producing specialist shows on CD to promote reminiscing for dementia patients.

Hat’s For Headway Day – Friday 12th May 2017

2 May 2017 – Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were.

Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.

Radio Fox member Tindy Chaggar has recently been appointed a Brand Ambassador for Headway Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.  Tindy says “They provide an invaluable service to survivors of a traumatic brain injury – I know this as I am such a survivor and they provided me with a fantastic service. In 2003 I was hit by a van on my way to work and sustained very serious brain injury (including stroke & hemorrhage) and other life threatening conditions”.

We are now launching a ‘Hats For Headway’ Day – which we will hope will be as popular as Red Nose Day! On Friday 12th May – we are inviting people to wear a hat for their normal daily activities for local Headway which is in Leicester. We hope to raise the profile of Headway and the fantastic work they do; plus raise some essential funding for this service. If you are unable to wear a hat – they can also donate.

See the attached links and if you are able please donate to Headway.

Hats for Headway poster:
Hats for Headway info:
Headway website:

Sunday 30th April Bluebell Walk and Ride at Rutland Water

24 April 2017 – On Sunday 30th April the Bluebell Walk and Ride at Rutland Water returns for 2017. Everyone is welcome to come and join us. We have challenges suitable for all abilities from short walks to a lengthy cycle ride!.

Join the hundreds this year at Rutland Water for the annual Bluebell Walk & Cycle Ride to help raise awareness of Crohn’s & Colitis UK.  Choose a 2 or 5 mile walk or a 17 or 25 mile cycle ride around Rutland Water, starting at the Whitwell Car Park on the North Shore.  Radio Fox will be there to see you set off anywhere between 10am to 12 noon. Challenge yourself, friends or just bring the family along for a great time through the tree-lined and bluebell paths of Rutland Water.  Find some sponsors for your effort, bring a picnic or use the cafes on site and don’t forget to bring a great hat if you want to join the fun taking part in the optional ‘Mad Hatter’ fancy dress theme. If you have a crazy or whacky hat, bring it along. Or of course you could just come and enjoy a walk through the music and listen to Radio Fox. Or even have a nice cup of tea at The Crafty Fox cafe.

Check out the links below to find out more and get involved:

Sponsorship form

The Birthday Shows on Radio Fox

21 April 2017 – On Sunday 23rd April Radio Fox will be 29 years old!

The Sunday Birthday Schedule music all day on Radio Fox

6am The Sunday Breakfast Show with Shelley Taylor the Early Bird
8am Pirate Dayz with Andy Valentine – Splice the vinyl with the Salty Seadog
10am Matt’s Music Box with Matt Leo, tune in for great music
12pm Brenda’s Bag – Radio Fox’s cleaning lady Brenda Bradshaw plays her favourite music
1pm Alan T and his Famous Musical George’s Theme Show
3pm Andy Valentine & Liz Wotherspoon with the Golden Oldie Show
4pm The Early Eve Show with Eve Santamaria
6pm The Sunday Selection with Richard Leatherland
8pm The Seventies Scene with Ruth Carroll & Richard Leatherland
9pm Foxy plays the patients favourite music
10pm Listen again to Jazz Junction
11pm The Szlamp Collection – Our Birthday Edition hosted by Witold Szlamp

Happy Birthday To Us – 29 Years Young!

19 April 2017 – On Sunday 23rd April Radio Fox will be 29 years old!

This weekend sees the 29th Birthday of Radio Fox. By way of celebration there will be a weekend of live broadcasting and cake eating, not necessarily in that order. Presenters, pop stars, and fashions may have come and gone but even after all this time Radio Fox still delivers quality programming 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for the patients and staff of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield Hospital. And we do it as we have always done it. As volunteers.

Every member of Radio Fox donates their time, talent, and expertise for free. Always have and always will. We just love being here with you, we are your friend that never goes home.

Happy Birthday to Us.

The Show With No Name returns to the Radio Fox airwaves

28 March 2017 – Announcing the return of one of Radio Fox’s favourite shows – The Show With No Name.

Beginning Thursday 30th March at 11am until 1pm join Michael Lord for the return of the celebrated Show With No Name.  Make a date every Thursday for great sounds, great features and so much more.

Radio Fox Book & Media sale at the Glenfield Hospital Friday 31st March 2017

28 March 2017 – The Radio Fox fundraising book and media sale will be held on Friday 31st March 2017.

Friday 31st March 2017 10am to 4pm
Come along and bag a bargain….  and meet some Radio Fox faces!

On Friday 31st March 2017 our next book and media sale will be held at The Glenfield Hospital main entrance to help Radio Fox raise funds for new equipment.  Come and buy books, vinyl, videos, CDs or DVDs.  Or if you have loads of books you would like to donate feel free to bring those along on the day.

Every penny raised will go into the fund to replace our ageing studio equipment.

Radio Fox receives no official funding from any source.  We are raising funds to buy new studio equipment so that we can continue to broadcast to the patients of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and The Glenfield Hospital.

Radio Fox is run by a dedicated team of 20 or so volunteers and is funded entirely by member’s subscriptions, donations from the public, the generosity of local business, and the continuous fundraising activities of its members.  Radio Fox is staffed totally by unpaid volunteers.

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