Friday, 18 November 2016

What's For Breakfast?

It was an early start Wednesday morning as we headed over to the Anker Radio station at the George Eliot Hospital. The Words & Images UK team of Rob and Ann joined presenters Karl Stein and Mervin Lawrence for an early morning cuppa and a chat.

There was a little bit of talk about Christmas, seeing as Merv dragged in a 6ft Christmas tree in preparation for the festive season. And happily Karl's bar humbug attitude was outnumbered 3-1, as we all love Christmas time. Actually I spotted a photo of Karl in a Santa hat so I'm positive he'll be toasting in the Yuletide celebrations like the rest of us before too long.

We got the opportunity of talking about our Words & Images UK venture, and related one or two jobs that we'd covered in the past which turned out to be quite exciting at the time. Such as when we were allowed inside a cage at a zoo to take photos of fishing cats only to discover they weren't your usual moggies. These were three times as big, had large fangs and claws, and were keeping a very close eye on us!

And then our adventure way out on the Thames Estuary with the Thames Marine Police, with Rob moving from the police launch to the faster moving rib to get up close and personal to an enormous 60ft high ship. All good fun, and hopefully we'll be doing lots more exciting articles in the weeks and months to come.

We have to say that the team of volunteers who run and present shows on Anker Radio, as well doing all the 'behind the scenes' work, do a brilliant job. Anker Radio began back in November 1980 and since then have been broadcasting 24/7, entertaining and lifting the spirits of patients during their stay in George Eliot Hospital. And a fine job they do too.

They are a registered charity and a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, and as such rely on fund raising, donations and the hire of their outside broadcast and public events unit. At the same time however, they have raised many thousands of pounds for the Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor's Appeal which benefits other local charities. So, keep up the good work – and thank you for having us on your show.

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