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NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

21 May 2018 – The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5th July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. This year is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, and more particularly, what we have achieved, those who have learnt and worked here, and those we have cared for at the three hospitals in Leicester. Nationally, over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and well being of the nation, providing free high quality health care for all which has subsequently made it the envy of the world.

In Leicester we are holding our Big 7-Tea Party on 5th July at Devonshire Place and an event for families we’re working on with the University of Leicester – a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

The University of Leicester and the local NHS Trusts it works with every day would like to invite the Leicester community to attend a FREE Family Day at the University’s main campus. We would like to raise awareness about the NHS and its wonderful gift to us, and encourage our children – the next generation – to value our healthcare system and support the NHS as it goes forward.

Children and their favorite stuffed animals are invited to join us for a Teddy Bear Clinic, a fun event that helps educate children about what happens at the doctor’s office.
Each child’s stuffed animal is checked-in, then children take their animals in to meet with a medical student doctor  for a check-up. Medical students will also be running mini-health checks for the teddies owners and their parents.

The event will also have stalls and demonstrations from the following:

The Leicestershire Partnership Trust will talk about child health and safety, as well as do paediatric first aid demonstrations and give talks on nutrition.

University Hospitals Leicester will demonstrate the fun in science, and have clinicians and experts from Paediatrics and the Children’s Hospital.

Performances from STARS Youth Choir

Checks from the Leicester Diabetes Centre

Juicing and smoothie demonstrations from Together Against Cancer

CPR training from HeartWize

Relaxation and well-being in children workshops from the Wellbeing Crew

Alice in Wonderland performing acts from Enter Edem

Arts and crafts from the Creation Station – worry dolls, play d’oh healthy pizza, pasta skeletons, foot and hand-print fruit and vegetable characters.

Bouncy castles – one for under 5s and one for over

Leicester University Community First Responders will be there giving defibrillator training.

Outreach activities like ‘Brain Hats’ and ‘Heart Pumps’.

Stalls and activities from charities like: Rainbows Children’s Hospice; The Children’s Cancer Leukemia Group, Leicester Hospitals Charity Children’s appeal, the Way of the Horse, LAMP, and Leicester Marrow society

Catering will be provided by:

The Real Junkfood Project

Picks Organic Farm

JKM Hot Potato

Tilly’s Mobile VW Ice Cream Parlour

Free parking will be available in the Welford Road car-park.

Entry is free, but we will ask visitors to donate whatever they like towards the Children’s Hospital appeal.



Radio Fox supports Dystonia Awareness Week 2018

04 May 2018 – Radio Fox supports Dystonia Awareness week 2018 from 5th to the 13th May.

Dystonia, estimated to affect at least 70,000 people in the UK across all generations from childhood upwards, is a very painful, debilitating and disabling disorder, however it lacks awareness among the general public and medical professionals. Dystonia Awareness Week is all about raising awareness of dystonia and there are many ways to get involved.

The Dystonia Society was established in 1983 by a small group of people affected by dystonia, with the support of the late Professor David Marsden. The Society was established to promote the welfare of people who are affected by any form of the neurological movement disorder known as dystonia. The Society aims to do this by promoting awareness of the disorder, by supporting research and by undertaking welfare initiatives. It does this on a national level and through its network of local support groups.

Dystonia on Facebook

Dystonia on Twitter

Sunday 6th May Bluebell Walk and Ride at Rutland Water

03 May 2018 – On Sunday 6th May the Bluebell Walk and Cycle Ride at Rutland Water returns for 2018. 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, postcode LE15 8BL.  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. If you wish don’t forget to take part in the optional fancy dress theme. This year’s theme is ‘Shades Of Purple’. Or of course you could just come and enjoy a walk through the bluebells and listen to the music of 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

Coming soon to a hospital near you. The Radio Fox 30th Birthday Party.

11 Apr 2018 – On 23rd April 2018 Radio Fox will be 30 years old. We’re not looking bad for our age and we’re still as trendy as ever.

Somehow the registered charity Radio Fox has survived 30 years without any official funding.  Recently after 2 years of fundraising by our members we are currently refurbishing our main studio and we want to celebrate our 30th birthday.  On Sunday 22nd April there will be a whole day of 30th birthday broadcasting, from 8am until after midnight see our Birthday Schedule. Over all those years since Radio Fox began many many volunteer presenters have visited and entertained the patients of the Leicester Royal Infirmary and The Glenfield Hospital, and we still do today.  

We may be an oldie but we have kept up with new technology. Nowadays anyone on planet Earth can Listen Live to Radio Fox from home via their PC, tablet, phone, internet radio, or laptop.  Also these days we have our catch up service where anyone can Listen Again to your favourite shows and presenters. Whether you wish to Listen Live or Listen Again our entire service is FREE both to the patients and listeners at home on the internet. With no advertisements and enthusiastic volunteer presenters who love to entertain the patients, what’s not to like…  

Forget the Hysteria From Siberia listen to Radio Fox with UK Online Radio

2 Mar 2018 – Ignore The Beast From The East you can now Listen Live to Radio Fox on UKonlineRadio

Leave the snow outside and get yourself all warm and toasty inside by listening to Radio Fox. Now available on the UKonlineRadio portal as well as Tunein.


Radio Fox goes live to the restaurants

1 Feb 2018 – From today the live output of Radio Fox can be heard in the Leicester Royal Infirmary LEat Street Restaurant.  You can also hear Radio Fox at the LEat Street Restaurant at the Glenfield Hospital.

The LEat Street Restaurant is open to patients, visitors and staff and is located on the ground floor of the Balmoral Building. The opening times are Monday to Friday – 7:30am until 2:30pm and Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays – 7.00am – 7.00pm.

Also in the restaurant area is the Soho Coffee Bar with opening times of Monday to Friday – 7:00am until 7:00pm.


Blood Bikes on Radio Fox

26 Jan 2018 – Blood Bikes offer a free courier service for hospitals and associated health organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland carrying blood stocks, blood products, pathology samples and scans, in fact any medical essentials that need to be moved. In addition we support the Leicestershire Air Ambulance with blood products and the Midlands Milk Bank with the transportation of donated breast milk for premature babies.

Listen Again to Jonathan Bostock from Blood Bikes on the Radio Fox 628 Show as he explains to presenters Marie Smith and Michael Lord all about the service Blood Bikes provide hospitals. Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes is a registered charity, run 100% by volunteers and their running costs are met through the incredible support and donations from individual supporters, local businesses and the general public.

They have a fleet of three liveried motorcycles and currently two vans, for when loads exceed the capacity of the motorcycles, as well as during extreme weather, such as snow and ice!  Their riders all hold an advanced qualification, such as Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists, RoSPA, Enhanced Rider Scheme, or Police Class 1. Primarily, but not exclusively, they deliver their service ‘out of hours’, so at night time during weekdays with a 24 hour service at weekends and public holidays.

Their objective is simple – to support local NHS and associated organisations with the provision of free transport of medical essentials in support of patient care.  Through this we they help the NHS to reduce transport costs, so that more money can be directed at front line patient services and care.

Blood Bikes are always looking for additional volunteers who can help the group, by giving some of their spare time to help us meet our objectives.  Many volunteers are motorcyclists but this is not a necessity.  There is no minimum commitment level, so whether you have a few hours or a few days each month, there is something for you to help with.

The three main roles are, riders, controllers and fundraisers and if you have an interest in joining us, or you would like to make a donation, please visit our website at or email us at  and we will be very happy to answer your questions, or invite you along to an event or supporters evening.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Hydrate, Feel Great, with Royal Voluntary Service

16 Jan 2018 – From top to toe, water helps every bit of your body to work better. Hospitals can get very warm and dry and it can be easy to forget to drink regularly. And drinking plenty every day is one of the best ways to make you feel good all over.

The charity, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), is making this easy with our Hydrate Feel Great campaign with special offers running in our Leicester Royal Hospital shop and cafe from 16 January until 12 February.

If you don’t drink enough, you might feel tired, and your memory and reactions may not work as well as they could. You could be more at risk of slips, falls and other accidents. Good hydration is also essential for keeping all your personal plumbing working well. So here are our favourite ‘sip tips’ for staying well hydrated and feeling in fine fettle.

1  Aim for 8 – 10 a day
The British Nutrition Foundation recommends 8 to 10 drinks each day, to replace the fluids you lose naturally.

 2  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty
As you get older you may find you don’t feel the sensation of thirst as much as you did, so make a point of having a drink regularly.

3  Keep it close
When you sit down to watch TV or read, keep a drink by you.

4  Looks count
Ice and a slice and your favourite glass can make plain water look much more enticing.

5  Souper foods
You can get around 20% of the water you need from the right food. Soups and stews are good, and fresh fruit and vegetables are up to 80% water.

 6  The straw test
One simple way to keep an eye on your hydration is to glance at the loo and check your urine colour. Pale straw colour is fine; if it’s darker, drink a bit more.

7  Don’t restrict your drinking
Sometimes people worry about drinking late in the day, because it might mean having to get up in the night. If it’s an issue, drink a bit more earlier on.

8  Not just water
Tea, coffee, herbal teas, hot chocolate, milk drinks, fruit juices, smoothies and fizzy drinks all provide water (though drinking sweet drinks frequently is best avoided).

 9  Can you drink too much?
It’s very unlikely. The signs would be going to the loo frequently and very pale urine.

10  When you might need more
You can get around 20% of the water you need from the right food. Soups and stews are good, and fresh fruit and vegetables are up to 80% water.

Happy New Year 2018 from everyone at Radio Fox

2 Jan 2018 – A big ‘Foxy’ Happy New Year from all your volunteer presenters at Radio Fox. We’re hoping it is going to be a big one for us!

2018 promises to be a big year for Radio Fox. Not only will it be our 30th birthday in April but after 18 months of fundraising we are ready to take delivery of our new audio desk in January. We would like to thank all the local businesses and organisations of Leicestershire who generously gave donations to enable this to happen. We also intend to refurbish our main broadcasting studio. Once this has been completed we propose to have a grand opening of our new studio facility with ribbon cutting and champagne all round. All the local businesses and individuals who made it possible will be invited.  Keep your eye on this website to see how we are progressing.

Talking of champagne, congratulations are in order for Radio Fox volunteer presenter Tindy C for being nominated for a national hospital radio award for best female presenter in the Hospital Broadcasting Association awards 2018. Tindy is no stranger to the HBA awards having won in previous years.

No doubt there will still be challenges to be overcome in 2018 but the Radio Fox volunteers are more than ready for the task ahead.

Make Someone’s Christmas Special

12 Dec 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.

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