As part of national volunteer’s week, St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey today (Wednesday 8th June) received a visit from TV and Radio presenter Chris Tarrant.

Mr Tarrant was greeted in the new reception area of St. Peter’s Hospital, by Trust Chief Executive, Glenn Douglas, and Voluntary Services Manager Freda Larham, as well as several members of Hospital Radio Wey. He came to the hospital to help collect requests for the hospital radio station, Hospital Radio Wey.

On his visit he toured the children’s wards, Oak and Ash, and chatted to the patients and their parents. They were all delighted to see him, and he was able to spend time talking to each of them, acting his role of game show host on more than one occasion, which brought a smile to the children’s faces. Chris paid a visit to the hospital school where he took time to talk to the ward staff about the hospital and commented: “I always find that there is a really friendly atmosphere at St. Peter’s.”

He was interested to hear about the current reconfiguration of services that is on-going and to hear about various initiatives, such as the recent ‘Clean Your Hands’ campaign, after which he commented, with reference to St. Peter’s: “It’s one of the cleanest hospitals I know.”

Voluntary Services Manager Freda Larham said: “We are really grateful to Mr Tarrant for coming in to help highlight the important work that volunteers do within our organisation. Radio Wey is a totally voluntary service, and currently runs in the evenings and weekends, typically when the kind radio volunteers have finished their day job!”

After a tour of the wards and meeting the children and their families, Chris continued on to the Hospital Radio Wey studios where he was interviewed by Radio Wey veteran Jim Coombe. The interview was then aired on the station later in the day.

Hospital Radio Wey hope to be able to use the visit to help publicise their studio appeal. Members of the charity radio station are currently seeking funding to help build a new state of the art studio. They need around £270,000 to build there dream studio, and get them out of the current Radio Shack that they have occupied for the past 20 years or so. The new studio complex will also mean that Hospital Radio Wey will be able to move to a 24hr service. The station currently covers, Ashford, St. Peter’s, Walton and Weybridge Hospitals.

 

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