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Junior radio show for Neptune is making waves

29 August 2018

Health Care

Southend Hospital Radio, you might just think is something for adults, not so. Two 11-year-old budding radio DJs have been taking to the airwaves at Southend Hospital to help keep kids occupied and entertained whilst they are on Neptune Children’s Ward.

The weekly radio show, which has been on air since February, runs for an hour every Saturday at 2pm and is then repeated the following Wednesday at 3pm. It's bursting with jokes, brain-teasers and songs chosen by presenters and best friends Kara Newman and Kathryn Sipple, both from Southend.

The budding Sara Cox and Zoe Ball said: "We know it can be scary being in hospital, and we try to make listeners laugh with our cheesy jokes, and to get them thinking with our logic puzzles.

"We hope that the younger patients and their relatives on Neptune Ward enjoy our special hour of music and fun!"

Claire Scott, Ward Manager on Neptune Ward said: "It's a great idea for our patients to have their very own radio show written and presented by children of a similar age, with similar likes, taste in music and sense of humour.

"It's the perfect way of keeping the children on our ward entertained and really helps to make their time in hospital a little more bearable. Anything that helps take their mind of being stuck in a hospital bed is a huge boost to them."

Although the weekly show is aimed at the young, it's also for the young at heart. You can check it out by listening online at www.getshr.uk

Pete Sipple, the Chairman of Southend Hospital Radio said: "Southend Hospital Radio has been broadcasting for over 40 years, so we thought it was about time that we had something created for our junior patients by our junior DJs.

"Kara and Kathryn create a fantastic show, week in and week out, and are providing a great, fun service for young patients. They've really done themselves proud. Who know, next stop the Radio One Breakfast Show!"

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Image: l-r Kara Newman and Kathryn Sipple at the Southend Hospital Radio studio.