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DJ rakes in charity cash with 31 hour broadcast

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

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THERE was tired eyes all round after the end of a mammoth 31-hour radio broadcast to help boost the coffers of a group that provides vital services to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

DJ Graeme Drayton was behind the microphone from noon on Friday for 31 hours straight to help support Burton Hospitals League of Friends, which provides support to staff, patients and visitors to the Belvedere Road site.

It is estimated that a total of more than £500 was raised as a result of the mix of music, fun and one very tired DJ.

The event was originally set to span 30 hours, but was extended on the day to 31 in a bid to raise even more cash.

Mr Drayton said: “The event has been such a success in the past that we decided to do it again.

“Last year we raised around £500 and want to try to top that total this time around.

“Apart from a few special guests, it was just be me behind the microphone for a mammoth 30-hour stretch.”

Phoenix Hospital Radio has been providing a broadcasting service dedicated to the Queen’s since first going ‘on air’ in September 1990.

Patients listen in via the headsets provided at their bedside.

A spokesman for the radio station said: “We pride ourselves on the quality of our output which is aimed at all patients, whose ages may range from zero to 100 years.

“Our listeners have a good level of involvement in all our programmes, by choosing much of the music themselves.

“We are staffed entirely by volunteers, who are able to give varying amounts of time in a variety of roles.

“We enjoy broadcasting entertaining and interesting programmes for our listeners, and want them to enjoy broadcasts that are personalised for them. “It is very rewarding, and we know it can help make a stay in the Queen’s Hospital Burton that bit more pleasant.”

More information is available at www.phoenixhospitalradio.com/

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