Foresters Friendly Society Spreads a Little 'Sunshine'

Thursday, March 25, 2010

By sponsoring Isle of Wight Hospital Radio Station

The Isle of Wight branch of Foresters Friendly Society is lending its support to the Island's hospital radio station, Sunshine Radio, by becoming the first organisation to sponsor one of the station's shows.

From 1 April, Foresters Friendly Society will become the official sponsor of Sunshine Radio's popular record request programme, broadcast every weekday evening between 9.00pm and 10.00pm to patients at St Mary's Hospital in Newport.

As the programme sponsor, Foresters Friendly Society will be featured in the form of a recorded message mentioning the straightforward financial solutions, discretionary financial grants and access to free convalescent care offered by the Society.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Foresters Friendly Society has donated £520 to support the station, which is run by volunteers. The future of the station has been in question during recent months owing to a shortage of funds.

Doreen Gant, Isle of Wight Court Secretary, Foresters Friendly Society, said: "Several of our members have been patients at St Mary's Hospital and all agree that Sunshine Radio provides an invaluable service to patients at what can be an anxious time for them and their families.

Making a positive contribution to the local community is an essential part of our Society's values. We're really pleased to be putting our name and giving our backing to help ensure the sun really does keep on shining for Sunshine Radio listeners."

Pat Norris, Programme Controller, Sunshine Radio, said: "Our team of volunteers work incredibly hard to keep Sunshine on the air and to maintain something which has been an essential part of hospital life at St Mary's since 1972.

Foresters Friendly Society works hard to look after the welfare of its members and it's great to see the Society extending this support to our listeners. We're delighted to have the Society on board as the sponsor of one of our most popular shows."