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BTR do 65-hour show for 35th birthday

Lake District hospital radio station Bay Trust Radio is doing a 65-hour marathon broadcast as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations, to try and raise £2,000.

Presenter Craig James will do the long sting starting from 7th February at Westmoland General Hospital in Kendal.

Station manager and vice-chairman John Williamson said: “We’ve come a long way since the early days in the ‘70s when a runner would dash down to the local Woolworths to buy the latest vinyl hits to add to our playlist. Since our 30th birthday, we have moved quickly to embrace technological change.”

Since launching as Kendal Hospital Radio in 1977, the station now has 42 volunteers – its longest-serving member clocking up 27 years.

A sponsored walk between the hospital sites and a fundraising event at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, are planned to raise extra funds, along with special programmes to mark the milestone.

Peter Dyer, medical director at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said he was ‘proud’ of the station. “Nobody would choose to be ill in hospital and the hard work of all at Bay Trust Radio plays such a strong supporting role in raising the spirits of patients and their families,” he said. “I would like to thank them for their continued support and wish them all the best for the next 35 years.”

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