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More than 200 years of volunteering being celebrated at Harrogate Hospital Radio’s AGM

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More than 200 years of combined volunteering will be celebrated this Monday (March 15) when Harrogate Hospital Radio holds its AGM.

Pictured is Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman, Mark Oldfield, in one of the charity’s two studios.

Eight members of the society, which first took to the air in October 1977, will be ‘presented’ with long service certificates by Hospital Broadcasting Association President, June Snowden.

The broadcaster was Harrogate’s first dedicated radio station, and the recognise those volunteers who have been members of the charity for ten years and longer, including one for 40 years.

However, because of the on-going COVID-19 restriction, the meeting – which will also elect Harrogate Hospital Radio’s committee for the next 12 months – will be held online.

The members who are being honoured, including two past Society Chairs*, are:

Steve Pexton            40 years

John Manning          35 years

Nicola Pollard           30 years

David Simister*         30 years

Bill Caw*                    20 years

Mike Streeton           15 years

Ellie Jackson             15 years

Simon Berger            ten years

Martin Fretwell          ten years

Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Oldfield said: “Between them, these eight members have dedicated a magnificent 205 combined years’ service to Harrogate Hospital Radio.

“This is an incredible milestone, and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their long and valued service to our great charity.

“All of our members give their time willingly and freely, and I’m grateful to them all for their individual contributions, which have helped us to be where we are today, one of the country’s most successful hospital radio stations.

“I’m delighted that June Snowdon, the President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, will be joining us on Monday to ‘present’ these eight members of Harrogate Hospital Radio with their awards.

“Without volunteers there would be no Harrogate Hospital Radio. Our members come from all ages and all backgrounds, and each one supports the charity in their own individual way, from presenting shows and collecting requests, to assisting in administrative duties and fundraising.”

Further information about Harrogate Hospital Radio is available from its website,


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