David March, a studio manager at BBC World Service in London, and chair of a hospital radio station, had fallen to his death off a mountain.
David was walking down a Welsh mountain when he took a wrong turn and fell 100m from a ridge called Devil’s Kitchen on October 12 in northern Wales. He died immediately after suffering head, chest and leg injuries.
An inquest heard the 36 year old, who was Chairman of Radio Mayday, had no compass or map when he turned down a wrong path and fell over the edge of a cliff. He was also a keen photographer and often walked in the mountains.
Steve Cleall, who worked with Mr March on Mayday, said he was a “legend among patients. He broadcast his own shows several times a week and would always go around the wards after collecting requests from patients for other volunteers to play,” he said.
“There’s a big hole now he’s gone and we’re all very shocked. He set the radio up for a brilliant future but they are some very big shoes to fill.”
Mr March’s friend and colleague of 11 years, Ruth Wedgewood, told the Croyden Advertiser: “We’re all in complete shock in the studio. It’s very emotional and raw and a lot of people are randomly bursting into tears about it. He was very kind and gentle. We called him Safe Hands March because he was so reliable and would always help out in a tight spot.
“He was the kind of person you could go to with a problem and he would cheer you up.”