Donations welcome to keep much-loved radio station running

Donations welcome to keep much-loved radio station running

THE RUGBY league season is nearly here – and big-hearted radio buffs need help to keep doing commentaries.

HWD Hospital Radio has been keeping patients and staff at Dewsbury District Hospital entertained for more than 60 years.

The charity, which is run entirely by volunteers, cover all Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs home games.

They will be holding a collection at Sunday’s friendly between the Rams and Bradford Bulls to help keep their commentaries on air.

Reporter Mike Sharpe, a lifelong Rams fan, has covered the club’s games for HWD Hospital Radio since the 1980s.

The station was originally founded to broadcast rugby league commentaries but now offers a much wider range of shows.

Monday presenter Tom Copley and Friday night’s classic rock show are up for gongs at this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards.

Chairman Mike Binns said: “We rely on donations to help keep our equipment in order and pay for the licences we need. Donations mean we can continue to bring rugby commentaries to patients as well as our large range of other programmes.”

For more details, to make a secure donation online or get involved with their ‘spend and raise’ shopping offers see

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