People’s Projects Grant £5,000 to help Life Care Radio
Build Studio

Life Care Radio were recently shortlisted as one of the
top 5 South West charities in the Big Lottery Fund and ITV’s People’s Projects. Although they missed out in the votes for the top awards, they have been granted £5,000 with which to equip their new studio.
The money will be divided between providing new listening units for the residential and nursing homes that they provide with shows, and refurbishing an existing studio at Totnes Hospital for the charity’s use. “This means we can finally work towards our goal of providing a non-stop radio service” said Chair, Colin Wiltshire.
The radio service is currently provided on CDs to ten homes in the Torbay and South Devon area and it is the charity’s aim to switch to broadcast shows by the end of the year, allowing more residential and nursing homes to take up the service if they wish.


Bake Off Update

We raised more money for the Bake Off with more cakes being sold at SDC, a donation for another picture from John Cavie to match the picture given as a raffle prize and further donations which means the closing total for the whole event is now a fantastic £ 538.92!
A huge Thank You to everyone who made this possible!


Bake Off and Coffee Morning

Life Care Radio, a charity radio station producing shows for nursing and residential homes in Torbay and the South Devon area, are celebrating the success of their Bake Off and Coffee morning held at Abbey Lawn Hotel which raised £474.75. The money will be put towards a new broadcasting desk which the station will need in their new studio at Totnes Hospital.
“Local businesses have been extremely generous.” Said Cathie Burgess, Trustee, “We’ve had some great raffle prizes and some of them attracted so much interest that we auctioned them, earning us even more money.” She added that the generosity of organisations in donating prizes such as a one night stay at Salcombe Harbour Hotel and spa, Sunday lunch for two at the Pig and Whistle in Totnes, a Magnum of Prosecco and vouchers for Fish and Chips at Paignton’s Ocean Wild had helped to make the event the success it was.
(A full list of supporters can be found here)
The charity would also like to thank the owners and staff at Abbey Lawn Hotel for hosting the event and their generosity and support.


Students Raise a Pretty Penny!

Nail Art students at South Devon College have put their skills to good use in a fundraising day to raise money for local charity Life Care Radio. The radio station, which broadcasts to nursing homes and hospices, turned to the students for help in raising funds for their new mixing desk.
The students readily accepted the challenge, painting nails and creating artistic effects for both staff and students raising a massive £101 for the charity. ow works for a company who might sponsor the desk in return for some publicity, please let me know or ask them to get in touch.


We're raising £2,000 to help fund the new main mixing desk for our studio

We are raising funds for a new broadcast desk and our aim is to raise around £2000!
If you are able to donate a small amount and / or share with people so they can donate, it really would make a difference - it could be just 50p - it would really help us to achieve our dreams of getting an amazing desk. Also, if you or someone you know works for a company who might sponsor the desk in return for some publicity, please let me know or ask them to get in touch.


The People’s Projects
Update!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us in the People's Project draw and many congratulations to the prize winners!
Unfortunately we weren't in the top three but as one of the runners up we could be awarded a discretionary award of up to £5,000.
More news on this later this month!


Life Care Radio
Up For The People’s Projects
Lottery TV Vote
Video courtesy of West Country (W) News and The Peoples Project

Life Care Radio is one of only five groups in the South West region that have been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and up to £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund cash in ITV’s The People’s Projects TV Competition. ITV will feature a different project each evening from 29th February -4th March during the 6pm broadcast and viewers and the public can vote online to decide who wins the prize of up to £50,000.

The team provide a mixture of songs, information and chat tailored specifically to people in long term care provisions such as residential and nursing homes. If they win, the money from The People’s Projects will be used to fund listening units which will allow care home residents to tune in any time during the day and night. Cathie Burgess, Trustee states; “This is really important as it will allow clients to access the service at any time and often they might be lonely at night – hearing a friendly voice and listening to music can help to alleviate those feelings and provide companionship. There is also a growing body of research to suggest that listening to music helps people with dementia and can even reduce pain.”

The project will also fund an interactive text request service and upgrade vital studio equipment which will enable Life Care Radio to respond quickly to the demands of the listener and provide professional-sounding shows. Run exclusively by volunteers, the team hope that the broadcast-quality equipment will inspire more young people to get involved in the service and train as presenters and request collectors. “The skills that you learn at Life Care Radio are an excellent foundation for life and work” claims Cathie, who began Hospital Broadcasting when she was just 14 years old “Hospital Radio services have produced broadcasting greats in the past such as Ken Bruce and Chris Moyles but really what is important is providing that personalised service – that is something special and that is what makes what we do really important – we’re not a faceless voice in a box, we are friends.”


Brixham Freemasons donate £200 For Life Care Radio

Our thanks to Brixham Freemasons for their kind donation of £200 towards listening units.

We will be using this money to install listening units in two Brixham Nursing Homes who are currently receiving CDs. This means that when our service becomes broadcast 24 hours a day, residents will be able to listen to shows whenever they wish. Our sincere thanks for your generosity and support.


Bag Pack Raises £353 For
Life Care Radio

Life Care Radio are thrilled with the generosity of ASDA customers after their bag pack and collection in Paignton on Sunday, 12th July.

The group, which included the Life Care Radio kids club, packed customers' shopping bags in store and raised £353.97 which will be put towards listening units to enable the charity to extend their service to nursing and residential homes within Torbay.


Life Care Radio Receives Over £6000 from Big Lottery Fund!

South Devon Charity, Life Care Radio are celebrating receipt of £6156 from the Big Lottery Fund which will help to involve their listeners in their radio shows.

The charity, run solely by volunteers, was established last year with the aim of providing special bespoke radio shows to those in nursing or residential homes, hospices or long term care. This year, they began providing shows to Abbeyfield Homes in Ivybridge and other homes in Torbay and Exeter with looking to take up the service over the coming months.

“The Big Lottery grant will make all the difference to our service” said Bob Searle, Chairman of Life Care Radio. “It will cover sound equipment that will not only be used in a studio setting but will allow us to actually produce shows in the homes, involving the residents in a very real way. Research has shown that listening to music has a therapeutic effect on older people experiencing Alzheimer’s or Dementia, quite apart from the fact that listening to a voice on the radio can help to alleviate loneliness and engage people who might otherwise become isolated”.

Life Care Radio’s first year has been a roaring success with participation in Torbay Carnival, two highly successful collections at ASDA in Paignton, a Zumbathon at Abbey Lawn Hotel, Torquay, collaboration with Exeter University Reading Project and now the lottery grant. The charity has also developed special ‘listening units’ which will receive a service directly using wireless technology allowing listeners to receive the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they are interested in hearing from local companies who may be willing to sponsor installation of these units. They would also like to hear from people who are interested in getting involved in a variety of roles from fundraising and making shows to visiting homes to collect requests.


Abbey Field Open Day Brings New CD Radio Shows

The team at Life Care Radio turned out in force to support Abbeyfield Homes Open Day and fete in Ivybridge.

Providing music and announcements, the team met staff and residents and were able to present their first batch of shows on CD for residents to listen to.

The new, specially designed listening unit was also on display and, subject to funding, these units will be made available to residents who wish to take up the service, allowing them to listen to the station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Second Prize For First Carnival

Life Care Radio and Paul Harrison’s Zumba dancers are celebrating winning second prize for their float in Torbay Carnival on Wednesday, 30th July 2014.

As well as scooping the prize, the group of Zumba dancers, with their Carmen Miranda themed vehicle (a Toyota Hilux kindly lent to Life Care Radio by Snows Toyota, Paignton), lit up people’s faces with their smiles and high energy dance moves.

Life Care Radio would like to thank Paul for allowing us to provide the sounds for this fantastic display, Phil Spicer for the loan of a couple of extra speakers to ensure our sound was totally awesome and Speedy Hire Centre in Torquay who kindly lent us a powerful generator for the music and equipment.


Zumbathon Event
Raises £250 For
Life Care Radio

Weather didn’t dampen spirits as the Abbey Lawn Hotel in Torquay played host to a two hour charity zumbathon on Saturday, 28th June. Instructors from the Torbay area including award-winning Paul Harrison, Zoe Bowden, Zoe Sherfield of Aztec Studio in Torquay, Gail Marie and Emily Alexandra came together, bringing their groups and put on a great afternoon, raising £250 for the charity.

Miss Torbay and her Ladies in Waiting popped in and threw some shapes before zooming off to a rather wet carnival float.

Life Care Radio is very grateful to all who came and supported the event, Heidi and Barry from the Abbey Lawn Hotel in Torquay and Miss Torbay and her Ladies in Waiting. They would also like to thank local businesses who donated raffle prizes.

The charity is proud to have been asked to provide music for the next dance event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief on 11th October at Torbay Leisure Centre.


Get Ready to Dance
The Day Away at the
Life Care Radio Zumbathon

Awesome Zumba instructors from Torbay and South Devon are getting ready to raise funds for Life Care Radio with a two hour zumbathon on Saturday, 28th June 2014 from 2pm to 4pm. The Abbey Lawn Hotel, Torquay have kindly allowed us the use of their dance hall and Paul Harrison heads the line-up of instructors who will take dancers through their paces. Gail Marie will also be providing a Fitsteps session, the new dance craze inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.

Life Care Radio are hoping to raise enough money to enable them to start putting the receiver units into local homes and hospices interested in receiving their tailor-made radio shows. “There will also be a raffle and loads of fun things on the day – we want to create a real party atmosphere, so come along – the more the merrier! You can register on the day or in advance and you can also get sponsorship if you want to which will help us to raise that little bit more, but there’s no pressure, we just want people to turn up and have a great afternoon”.

If you would like a registration form, sponsorship form, or have any questions, please contact us HERE


Life Care Radio gets established!

New charity Life Care Radio is an exciting new venture aiming to combat loneliness and isolation sometimes experienced by those in residential homes and long term care. Founded on the principles of Hospital Radio, of which there are over 210 stations in the UK, Life Care Radio will broadcast mainly to those in long term nursing, residential or end of life care although the service can and will be extended to other care providers who wish to take up the shows.

Unlike a regular radio station, members of the public won't be able to listen to us on their radios or on the internet. Instead, a special computer feed will be fed from us to a special unit, designed to look and feel like a radio but with a direct link to our output inside it. This enables medium to long term care providers to provide music and shows specially tailored to suit the tastes of their residents and patients. We will also run regular request rounds and invite patients to get involved in the shows.

As a charity very much in its infancy, Life Care would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in getting involved. We don't just need people willing to present shows, we are also looking for request collectors, fundraisers and anyone who has time to spare to help oversee the rolling out of this service. Get in touch via our contact page or for more information email our secretary HERE