Radio Horton broadcasts to Katharine House Hospice

Published: 02 December 2020

Hospital broadcasting station Radio Horton has extended its service to Katharine House Hospice thanks to a grant from Banbury Town Council’s Emergency Battle Fund.

Residents at Katharine House can listen to Radio Horton after the station presented the hospice with a special radio that can receive internet broadcasting.

It means Radio Horton can broaden its output and meet its charitable objectives which are to help relieve sickness, infirmity and disability among people in Banbury and the surrounding area.

The radio is portable and can be moved between rooms. It has received a positive response from hospice staff, residents and their relatives.

Seven care homes in Banbury also have the radios.

Radio Horton’s programmes are presenter-led and feature music and entertainment devised especially for hospital patients and care home residents.

Radio Horton chairman Sam Smette said: “We were delighted to present a radio to the Katharine House Hospice. This earmarks the beginning of a renewed relationship with the hospice and we look forward to bringing our radio programmes to residents and service users, who we hope will benefit from hearing the voices of our friendly volunteers.”

Molly Davies, marketing and communications assistant at Katharine House, said: “We are all very excited about having in-house access to our local radio team.

“Sharing music and stories helps MakeEveryMomentMatter for our patients and their families. It is a great way to bring us all together.”

Leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon said: “This is exactly what the council’s battle fund is for. It means that caring organisations like Radio Horton, who already do a lot for the sick and needy, can do even more.”

In the coming weeks, residents can look forward to special broadcasts including a virtual live-streamed carol service and a selection of festive content.