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Stephen Hickman, Chairman - Hospital Radio Hillingdon
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Bringing happiness to the sick
Adjusting my headphones, I pulled the tinsel-covered microphone closer to me. 'Merry Christmas everyone!' I said, knowing those three little words would bring such a smile to the people listening.
As a hospital radio DJ, my role was to bring a bit of festive cheer to the many patients too sick to be at home with their families. It's a tough job because no one wants to be away from their family on Christmas Day. But by chatting and telling jokes on the airwaves, I try to make each of them feel special and cared for.
I've been broadcasting now for the past 18 years, presenting my two-hour show for Hospital Radio Hillingdon along with my best friend Steve Hickman.
The pair of us were just 15 when we started helping as volunteers, doing things like taking requests. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week so it's a lot of work. But Steve and I enjoyed it so much. Then, when I was 16, one of the presenters gave me a chance to get behind the microphone. I loved it and agreed to host a live show on Christmas Day. It soon became a regular feature and now I have my whole day carefully planned around it.Spreading Joy
I have an early Christmas dinner at home with my parents before dashing to the hospital for 5pm. Then, having donned a bright red sequinned hat with bells on, I visit the wards with other volunteers to collect song requests. "We'll be playing all your favourite Christmas hits so be sure to tune in", I beam. It can be a welcome distraction from the difficult times so many of them are facing. We also hand out bingo cards.
Then, at 7pm, Steve and I go live on the radio, while volunteers, such as Sheila Fredrick who helped out last year, sit on each ward to let us know if anyone calls house on the bingo so we can present the winner with a box of chocolates. With our radio broadcast, the patients at Hillingdon Hospital can forget they're not with their families for a few hours and have a very merry Christmas.SARAH NEWTON (this article was also published in Woman's Own magazine in Dec 2012)
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