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Date: Wednesday 4 September 2013

Radio Warneford Grand Draw 2013

Radio Warneford, the award-winning hospital radio service based at Warwick Hospital, will be staging its Grand Raffle Draw this Saturday in the Market Place in Warwick.

There are some fantastic prizes to be won, all of them donated by local businesses and organisations. First prize this year is a set of four First Class rail tickets donated by Birmingham-based Virgin Trains for use on their network of services. Virgin has also donated a set of two First Class tickets for our sixth prize. The second prize is a family pass to Shakespeare's Birthplace, donated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the winner of our third prize will be able to take three friends for a round of golf at Leamington & County Golf Club. English Heritage has donated a family pass to the awe-inspiring ruins of Kenilworth Castle and we have a family pass to enjoy the splendour of Warwickshire's Charlecote Park house and grounds, kindly donated by the National Trust.

Tickets for the Draw cost just 50p each and will be on sale this Saturday, all morning, in the Market Place. To be in with a chance of winning one of our wonderful prizes, make sure you get your tickets early! The Draw itself will be taking place at 1.30pm!

The Grand Raffle Draw is one of a number of events being staged over the next few months to mark Radio Warneford's 40th birthday, culminating in a special Christmas and New Year broadcast which will feature programmes looking back at the history of the station. It will be the 31st time that Radio Warneford has broadcast a special Christmas schedule! The first time was how it all began, back in 1973. The station was originally set up to provide Christmas radio entertainment for patients at the Warneford Hospital in Leamington Spa. It was meant to last for just a few weeks over the festive period but proved so popular that the service has continued ever since.

Radio Warneford started its broadcasts from a four-foot square "studio" in the basement of the Warneford Hospital and volunteers from the Red Cross visited patients and collected requests. Things expanded in 1978 when new studios were opened in an old electricity board hut sited in the grounds of the hospital behind the tennis court! Radio Warneford began broadcasting to Warwick Hospital via a landline from Leamington in 1988 and moved its operations there in October 1993 to brand new, purpose-built studios.

The Request Show, in which patients choose their own favourite song and friends and relatives pass on special messages and greetings, was the most important programme in Radio Warneford's original schedule in 1973. Forty years on it remains central to everything that the station does in 2013.

Note To Editors

The following archive photographs are available for download from our website and are free to use to illustrate this story.

  • Radio Warneford is the hospital broadcasting service based at Warwick Hospital in the heart of Warwickshire.
  • Volunteer members have been providing quality radio entertainment to both patients and staff at since 1973.
  • Radio Warneford is an independent charity and is not part of the National Health Service. The station requires financial support from local people and organisations in order to continue its service to patients.
  • The Record Library contains around 35,000 tracks including CDs and 7-inch singles.

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