Hospital radio service celebrates successful 25-hour broadcast marathon fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 October 2017

Queen’s Hospital Bedrock Hospital Radio, 25-hour broadcast marathon.
Barry Felton, with the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende.

Queen’s Hospital Bedrock Hospital Radio, 25-hour broadcast marathon. Barry Felton, with the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende.


Patients at Queen’s Hospital had the opportunity to listen to a piece of history this weekend as Bedrock Radio celebrated its first 25-hour broadcast marathon.

The Big Bedrock Broadcast Marathon opened at the station’s studio in Queen’s Hospital, Romford, at midday on Saturday with an interview with the Mayor of Havering, councillor Linda Van den Hende.

The Mayor was interviewed by presenter and Bedrock fundraising officer Barry Felton, supported by co-presenters Martin Levin and Scott Mills, who played some of the Mayor’s favourite songs. Barry said that it was an honour and a privilege to open the event and interview the mayor.

And with the clocks going back an extra hour at 2am on Sunday, the entire marathon lasted 25 hours rather than the more conventional 24.

Listeners could sponsor a song during the massive broadcast for as little as £1.

Chris Deighton, the station’s secretary, said that he was pleased that the event went so well and that we received so many requests from our listeners; patients at Goodmayes and Queen’s hospitals.

He told the Recorder: “It went really well throughout, we had a lot of requests come in from patients who were listening and lots of donations from people listening in.

“The mayor was really good, she came and played some of her favourite songs in a Desert Island Discs style show, and that was really good.

“Special mention has to go to our studio technician Lee Howe, who stayed in the studio, awake, for the whole 25 hours apart from going out to get pizza once, but I think we can let him get away with that!

Lee said he got through the event by drinking lots of coffee but felt a great sense of achievement being there for the patients.

Bedrock chairman Mathew Watson added: “We are very grateful for all the donations we received, and to our volunteers who gave their time generously to entertain patients in our local hospitals & providing information to our local community online.”

If you would like to get involved with volunteering for Bedrock Radio at either the Queen’s or Goodmayes studios email

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