Awards and Accolades
Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) Awards
- Gold – Station Of The Year
The judges said in a tight field, Brockley nudged ahead because there were simply no weak links. The coverage of hospital events was very well presented. As an award entry, this entry perfectly showcased the work of a loyal and dedicated team. Again, a diverse range of shows were presented but the stations overall quality was greater than the sum of its parts. A truly great hospital radio station at the top of its game.
- Bronze – Best Speech Package – report on and topping out ceremony on building the new RNOH Patient Block
The judges agreed this was a very interesting package, with a good use of sound effects that brought the piece to life.
- Nomination (top 5) – Best Programme with Multiple Presenters – Thursday Live
- Gold – Best Speech Package “The Story of Radio Brockley”
- Silver – Station of the Year
- Bronze – Specialist Music Programme “Music Travels” with Daniel Edward
- Nomination – Best Female Presenter, Judy De Hellner
- Gold – Station of the Year
“One judge said there are more voices on this entry than others I’ve heard, which is lovely. The audio of Emily and her brain tumour story brought a tear to one judges eye and was well handled by the presenter. Another judge said it’s clear Radio Brockley is an integral part of their hospital – not just broadcasting for the patients but also covering various staff events too. A great listen and a deserved winner…”
- Silver – Best Speech Package “RNOH Clinical Trials Day” for Ron Laver and Sue Weston’s coverage of the event.
“The judges enjoyed this entry, loving the variety and the ambition that went in to preparing this piece. The descriptions were ideal, bringing the event to life.”
- Bronze – Station Promotion “Thursday Live”.
“The judges said this promo sounded very much on target and what a Hospital Radio Station should be doing. A great use of different patient voices, showing variety and a real understanding of what Thursday Live is all about.”
- Nomination – Specialist Music Show “The Country Music Show” with Ron Laver
- The John Whitney Award was presented to Keith Reeve for his outstanding contribution to UK hospital broadcasting.
“Keith is someone who has served at their station for nearly 40 years. They’ve clearly safeguarded its existence through the many ups and down of hospital radio life. They’ve shown to have a good relationship with hospital management, have led various upgrades at their station…being among the first to use the Wi-Fi Spark Service and has supported other stations too. They’re a previous Gold Award Winner here at the Awards and as a presenter has led the station’s longest-running weekday shows in its history. They’ve trained new presenters, supported other members, have demonstrated the key value of patient involvement and are – themselves – more involved than ever.”
- Silver – Station Of The Year
- Bronze – Station Promotion “The Thursday Experience”
- Bronze – Special Event Charity Bike Ride
- Bronze – Best Female Presenter Marge Walker
- Gold – Best Speech Package for Keith Reeve’s coverage of Princess Eugenie’s surprise Christmas visit to the children’s wards
- Silver – Best Newcomer Molly Townson
- Bronze – Station Of The Year
- Nomination – Best Female Presenter Molly Townson
- Nominations – Station of The Year, Special Event and Best Speech Package.
- Gold – Special Event for coverage of the opening of the RNOH Outpatient Assessment Centre at Bolsover Street. The programme was produced by Keith Reeve, supported by other Radio Brockley team members.
- Gold – Best Speech Package for Daniel Gee’s interview with then RNOH Chairman Donald Hoodless
From time to time, people take the trouble to say nice things about us, and we’d like to share them with you.
Mrs T from Romford, on her RNOH “Say So” feedback form:
Every week they (the Patient Reps) come round, full of enthusiasm. They always play our requests on Thursdays, as they know a lot of patients finish their treatment on Fridays, and they really boost us. Keep up the fantastic work. Thank you.
Anastasia and her Mum:
Thank you so much for the beautiful songs you played for us! What you are doing is very important for the patients. We will never forget you and the happy hours with “Bedside Bingo”. God bless you all!!
Sue Walker (ex patient):
My name is Sue Walker. I just wanted to send and congratulate you on your HBA gold award for your 2011 special event. I have just been listening to the recording which is brilliant.
In 1974, I spent eight and a half weeks in RNOH at Stanmore where I had a chiari operation (the pelvis was cut to make the socket deeper as a result of dislocated hips). My surgeon was Mr. Catterall. I am e-mailing you as it was the hospital radio which kept me going during that long time in hospital. I used to love the Sunday Bingo sessions and when I came out of plaster after six weeks and started to learn to walk again the rest of the ward had ‘These boots are made for walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra played for me. My name then was Susan Blake and I was 22.
I now live in Weston-super-Mare. As a result of my experience in Stanmore I have become involved with Sunshine Hospital Radio at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital. In fact, I am now in my second year as Chairman.
I just wanted to send congratulations and thanks as I don’t think I would be doing this if I had not had such a positive experience of Hospital Radio.
Nick from Shoreham-by-Sea (long-term returning patient):
Thank you very much for having me! Thanks to everyone. Best wishes.
Husain Akhtar (Local Harrow Councillor, Canons Ward):
As a local councillor I have come across many residents who highly praise the Radio Brockley for its excellent service to the users of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.
It is wonderful that the station, visited by celebrities like Sir Cliff Richard, is run entirely by unpaid volunteers who have been providing a superb radio service to patients at the RNOH.
Not only this but the volunteers have helpfully raised very useful funds through activities such as raffles at the festive times. Very well done Radio Brockley!
Ian Downs (Founder Member) on the occasion of our 45th birthday (2011):
Many thanks for the opportunity to be involved in the 45th anniversary of the station. I feel extremely honoured. Little did we know all those years ago that RB would still be running. A big happy birthday to Radio Brockley, you have reached middle age!
Barry Cobden (Founder Member) on the occasion of our 45th birthday (2011):
Have listened to the online recording and it brought back some memories. Congratulations and best wishes for all you’ve done.
Mike Solomons (Founder Member) on the occasion of our 45th birthday (2011):
I think you should all know I’m intensely proud of Radio Brockley and its achievements, and especially at the way it seems still to value hard work by skilled volunteers so highly. As I have said in the past – well done!
Freda, former patient in Margaret Harte Ward:
Just a quick line to say thanks and goodbye. You have helped the year pass quickly. I am moving to rehab in Hertfordshire. Sorry I never got round to visiting your studio – good luck!
Text from a patient in the Coleman Unit, 22 February 2014:
Loving your show. Had a go at singing along to all the tunes, even though I don’t know most of the words. Thanks. Really enjoyed the Bob Marley.
Request from Katie, a patient in the Jubilee Rehab Unit, 27 February 2014:
Thank you to everyone who supported my through this. I’ll miss you all.
Email from Joe Lemer, Early Breakfast Presenter, BBC West
As a former member (I joined in 1994) just read the brilliant news about the success Radio Brockley had at the Hospital Radio Awards 2014! Well done to all involved for what clearly was outstanding programming for you to be recognised in this way. I’ve never forgotten the experience and training the station gave me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without Radio Brockley. It’s where it all began! I hope to come back and pay a visit soon.
Email from Sarah, 18, a patient in Ward 4, 22 June 2014
Thank you for playing my two requests, they made my day. Also, thank you ever so much to Margaret for coming to play bingo with me. Thank you again!!
Card from Rosemary, a patient in Jackson Burrows Ward, 21 July 2014
Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for brightening the night when you played requests for all the patients on Jackson Burrows Ward. We appreciated it, and now that I’m home, I’m still smiling about the sing-along we had. Bless you all and many thanks.
Email from a patient’s relative, November 2014
Thank you to Margaret and Les for visiting Jane in Duke of Gloucester Ward – they made her feel better than morphine does!
Email from Suzanne, a patient, June 2015
Thank you so much. I’ve never had a request played before. I was feeling a little low, but after hearing my song, I feel so much better. Keep up the good work. I will be listening all night. Good night and thank you once again. x
Card from Sue, a patient in Duke of Gloucester Ward, August 2015
Thank you for everything that you do – we are grateful, you cheer us up.
Feedback from Wendy, a patient in Margaret Harte Ward, August 2015
Sunday’s Request Show was the best show that I have listened to since I arrived. The music was great, and the show flowed beautifully.
Message from Rachel, a former patient, November 2015
I was a patient for over a month, and it was only Radio Brockley that kept me going. Thanks, everyone, for doing such a good job.
Email from Diana, a patient’s mother, December 2015
Thank you Jack and Lisa for making Lily’s night amazing by playing her selection of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding and One Direction! She’s had a major op and has had a couple of really tough days but with your mention of her and played some songs you made all that go away and a very happy girl! Thank you!!
Message from Jean, a patient in Margaret Harte Ward, March 2016
Thank you to Radio Brockley. You do a wonderful job.
Card from Sue, ex-patient, August 2016
Thank you for everything you do – we are grateful you cheer us up!!
Card from Eleanor, ex-member, February 2017
Thank you for having me! I am sad to leave. You’re a lovely group of people and volunteering was a lot of fun. Enjoy the parting gift (chocolates).
Card from Margaret, patient on the Jubilee Rehab Ward, summer 2017
Thank you so much for all you have done for me and everyone else on the Jubilee Rehab Ward. You come into the ward like a ray of sunshine, to brighten up our day and help us to settle in and not be concerned with the hospital experience. You make being in hospital so much easier. Thank you for putting a smile on all our faces. I know I will miss you next week. Thank you all for the wonderful requests and all you do on Radio Brockley. Take care. Best wishes.
Email from John on Ward 4, April 2018
Thanks for bothering to play my request “You are the new day” sung by the King’s Singers. First of all I got all emotional because I miss my wife and kids, but then I have been grinning from ear to ear.
Thanks for volunteering at the Radio tonight. Your care is so appreciated.