Published: 16/03/2013 09:00 - Updated: 15/03/2013 16:55

Record requests hit right note

Allana Mackay (front, left) with members of the Inverness Hospital Radio team.
Allana Mackay (front, left) with members of the Inverness Hospital Radio team.

A day-long music extravaganza in Inverness city centre raised £500 for the appeal.

The fund-raising roadshow was organised by Inverness Hospitals Radio whose volunteers aim to make life more pleasant and interesting for patients in Raigmore Hospital.

The DJs played requests throughout the day while Dorec-a-Belle, an Inverness-based band featuring cello, guitar, banjo, saxophone, piano and accordion, played live music.

The appeal, to create a more child-centred and family-friendly department for sick children, was launched by the ARCHIE Foundation in conjunction with The Inverness Courier.

Allana Mackay, the appeal’ fund-raising manager, visited the radio station’s studio to collect the proceeds of the fund-raising roadshow organised by Kevin McLaughlin and Trevor Chisholm.

She was also joined by Val Sweeney, The Inverness Courier’s chief reporter, to record a Desert Island Discs style programme with DJ Mark Ireland.

In between playing a selection of their favourite pieces of music and hearing various anecdotes, Mr Ireland chatted to the pair about the appeal.

The radio station first started in 1970 and moved into the current studios in 1998.

With about 40 volunteers, it is able to broadcast to patients 24 hours a day with live shows between 8pm and 10pm every day plus other times, too. Each year, volunteers and supporters need to raise about £1000 to keep it on air.

The work of Inverness Hospital Radio was recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June.

* An Inverness police officer is bidding farewell to the fuzz - literally - by shaving off his beard to help the appeal. Read more in The Inverness Courier. 

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