BBC Radio Derby renames building as Bloomfield House
A permanent tribute to Colin Bloomfield has been unveiled at BBC Radio Derby today, one year since his death.
Colin died a year ago today from skin cancer and staff at the station gathered for a building renaming ceremony this morning as the new Bloomfield House signage was revealed.
The 33-year-old spent ten years with the station working as a reporter, Derby County commentator and breakfast show presenter.
His mother Alison said she was amazed and humbled at the honour when she unveiled the newly titled Bloomfield House in a short ceremony this morning. The renaming comes just one day after the Colin Bloomfield sun shade was revealed at Alvaston Park in Derby.
Colin’s death came just 11 months after his father, former BBC Radio Shropshire Editor Lawrie Bloomfield, died in 2014.
Speaking as she cut the ribbon, Mrs Bloomfield said: “That is just amazing, I think I’m going to cry. “His father would be so proud of him. This is Colin’s accolade and with bells on. I’ve felt the pressure but it’s been helped by the support of compassionate Derbyshire people. All I can say is rest in peace. Thank you all for caring.”
Many listeners were touched by Colin’s openness and optimism about his diagnosis for stage four melanoma.
After his diagnosis he put his efforts into fundraising for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal, a partnership between BBC Radio Derby, the Derby Telegraph and cancer charity Skcin, which has since raised more than £170,000.
The funds help to teach tens of thousands of school children about the dangers of the sun with the Sun Safe Schools programme. It also paid for the sun shade in Alvaston Park as well as the UK’s first public UV sun meter – called the Colin Bloomfield Sun Meter – in Markeaton Park, both in Derby.
A second sun shade and UV meter is also being installed in West Park, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, this summer.
Speaking of the tribute, BBC Radio Derby’s Editor Simon Cornes, said: “We talk about Colin every day and the appeal in his name serves as a remarkable legacy.
“But we wanted to do something here at BBC Radio Derby which would be a permanent tribute to a very special man. Colin spent so much time here working on his programmes that we thought it would be really fitting to name the building after him.
“It will mean a great deal to everyone here to come to work each day in Bloomfield House.”