Graeme Meanley MBE
Radio Warneford's Life President, Graeme Meanley MBE, has died at the age of 87.
Graeme joined Radio Warneford in its early days and was very much instrumental over many years in raising the money needed for the development of the station from a couple of turntables in a basement broom cupboard at the Warneford Hospital in 1974 to its current modern, hi-tech studio complex at Warwick Hospital.
He was one of those people who could put you at your ease immediately with a smile and a joke, a task he used to relish on his weekly visit to the ladies of Victoria Ward for the Tuesday night Request Show.
As an ex-bank manager, Graeme was an ideal Treasurer and fund raiser, memorably striding down the Parade in Leamington and going into every single shop and business to ask for a donation.
During his five-year spell as Chairman, Graeme presided over Radio Warneford's monumental move from its old studio hut in Leamington, home since 1978, to new purpose-built premises at Warwick Hospital - the official opening coincided with another station landmark - its 21st birthday!
Graeme's enthusiasm and personality helped him to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charities and organisations with which he was associated. His efforts locally saw him honoured with the Citizen of the Year award. But perhaps Graeme's proudest moment was when his tireless work for charity was recognised in the 1995 Queen's Birthday Honours List in which he was awarded an MBE.
Although Graeme reluctantly gave up his active role at the station a number of years ago, his knowledge and experience was more recently put to good use as both a Trustee and Life President of Radio Warneford. He was a very kind and generous man and we will miss him very much.