Members of Hospital Radio Ipswich were invited to attend the morning school assembly on Tuesday 19th July. It was a great surprise to all attending when we were presented with, quite literally, a GIANT cheque for £150.
Eighty-four pupils from Year 5 had visited the station over a three-day period in June. During that time they recorded a series of radio programmes, which they wrote and voiced as part of their studies on Sound. They were helped with this by HRI Tiger Club Presenter Gemma G and Production Chairman Tim Ward.
The children and staff at the school were so impressed with the work of Hospital Radio Ipswich that they wanted to say thank you in a way that would help the station.
Daniel Woodrow from Britannia School (who had organised the original trip) said, “Staff, along with the children decided to donate the profits from a cake stall at our Summer Fete to Hospital Radio Ipswich as a thank you for the welcome they gave us.”
HRI attended the Fete, along with mascot Tiggy the Tiger and Gemma had presented her programme, along with three pupils, on that day (also the first day of our live-streaming) live from the school’s grounds.
Hospital Radio Ipswich member, Tim Ward said, “Hospital Radio Ipswich is a local radio station, staffed by volunteers and we are always keen to be involved with the local community. We are very grateful to pupils and staff for their kind donation and look forward to a long association with the school.”
Tim also pointed out to pupils and staff that the listening figures for the programme from the school were the highest of the whole of the first day of our online streaming.
Although HRI knew that Britannia School were going to donate some money to us from the proceeds of the fete, no one realised just how much. You can be sure that the money will be put to good use.
Before the HRI crew left the school, Tim pointed out that eventually even Gemma would be too old to present the Tiger Club and asked if there were any pupils who might be interested? Judging by the hands that shot in the air, HRI is not going to be short of volunteers from Britannia School in the future.
Thank you to Britannia School from everyone at HRI.