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Hospital Radio Up For National Award


7:45am 6th January 2014
(Updated 8:19am 9th January 2014)

Dorset County Hospital's radio station for patients has been shortlisted for a national award after working with children both in and out of the wards.

The volunteer-run Ridgeway Radio is one of ten finalists in two categories for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2014, which are organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association.

'The Kingfisher Club' show, where children and young adults get the chance to have their say, is nominated for The Best Programme with Multiple Presenters.

Individual Dom Cornfield, who is 15-years-old and presents his own show, is up for Best Newcomer.

We spoke to Amanda Yates, Co-ordinator of The Kingfisher Club, who was very proud, "It started in 1998 with my daughter Emma and myself. When children have been in the Kingfisher Ward as a long-stay patient, if they've had permission to, then they can actually come up and see how the studio works and take part in presenting as well. The most we've had presenting for the Kingfisher Club has been nine people for a two hour slot, and the youngest person of the Kingfisher Club is eleven years old."

When asked about their chances, Amanda was very positive, "I think our show has a very, very good chance. To be within the top ten in the county- I think we're a force to be reckoned with actually!"

They will hear if they've won at an Award ceremony on the 29th of March.

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