Radio request shows specially produced for residents of our New Forest Homes have begun under a partnership between Colten Care and New Forest Hospital Radio.
The bespoke programmes by volunteer DJs feature musical dedications for residents at Linden House, Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge in Lymington, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.
Each home will have its own one-hour show every month, available as a podcast on the station website.
Using flash drives, team members at the homes will download the shows onto portable, rechargeable stereo sets designed for ease of use by older people.
Residents will be able to listen in their bedrooms or the homes’ lounges.
New Forest Hospital Radio is based at Lymington Hospital where the first broadcast took place in 1978.
Michael Robinson, President of the station and one of the presenters, recalled a landline broadcast the following year to the former local authority home called Linden House. It was later demolished with the site now occupied by Colten Care’s purpose-built home of the same name.
Michael said: “It’s lovely to be reconnecting with Linden House albeit in a different guise and of course entertaining the other homes too. We receive wonderful feedback on our shows and we’re thrilled to be reaching more music lovers around the area.”
Request collectors will visit the home at the times below to collect the resident’s requests, and then the podcasts will be downloaded for the residents to listen to each month.
Belmore Lodge – 1st Wednesday of each month
Kingfishers – 2nd Monday of each month
Court Lodge – 3rd Thursday of each month
Linden House – 3rd Friday of each month
Woodpeckers – Dates for this home will change please see the Activities Calendar
If you would like to request or dedicate a song to a friend or family member fill in a form at Reception or call the home and log a request with the front of house team or activities organiser before the above dates.