£5,000 boost for hospital radio station

By Cambrian News reporter in Health

The League of Friends of Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, has given a grant of over £5,000 towards a long-running scheme by the volunteers of Radio Bronglais FM.

The money will go towards new ‘earwig’ fixed-frequency FM radios that will allow patients and staff of the hospital to enjoy the 24-hour radio service, now in its 48th year.

RB FM is the voluntary radio and befriending service for Bronglais Hospital, and also provides its radio service for the wider Aberystwyth community. It is a registered UK charity.

The ‘earwig’ radios are worn over the ear and are extremely simple to use. They are intended to offer patients a means of relieving boredom and loneliness, and aiding their recovery whilst keeping them connected with the outside world.

Al Frean, charity manager at RB FM, said: “This has been our biggest project for the last two years and the one that has been hardest to answer – how to effectively re-establish our radio service to the patients and the staff without compromising on infection control, privacy, or issues with licensing. One of our volunteers came up with the idea of reinventing these ‘earwig’ radios, usually sold at sports events, and it has provided all the answers for us.

“The League of Friends has provided the backing we needed with funding for the first 1,000 units, as well as strong vocal support for what we are trying to do."

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