Roch Valley Radio’s first Christmas Fair Success!

Roch Valley Radio’s first Christmas Fair Success!
On Sunday 9th December the team at Roch Valley Radio, which serves the local hospitals and community in Rochdale and Bury, hosted their very first Festive Christmas Fair to raise essential funds to keep the station on-air and to develop the services it provides.
With over 25 stalls from local traders and other local community organisations made the day a great success where the station raised over £600.00. The money raised will go towards the on-going fees required to keep the station on-air such as music licenses and royalties.
David Murphy, the Chairman, added “Volunteers work at the station 365 days a year providing a lifeline to patients and the surrounding community, it was a fantastic day and great to see so many faces coming to the Christmas Fair to support the work that we do. We hope it was an enjoyable event for all those that attended and the funds raised will ensure that we can continue this service.”
The radio channel is loved by hospital patients, staff and visitors and can be accessed by patients for FREE at their bedside, an alternative for paying for the TV service while staying in the hospital. Patients and family can ring the station on 0161 764 9200 to request songs and dedications.
Further information about the radio station and the services it provides, or if you have an interest or would like to delve into a volunteering role can be found on the website at

Christmas Fair

On Sunday 9th December we are holding a Christmas Fair at the Broadoak Restaurant at Farifield General Hospital. There will be live music, refreshments, activities and stalls.

We’d love you to have a stand at the fair. there would be a small charge of £10 per stand. If you’d like further information please contact Tim by emailing or sending a message via Facebook or Twitter. Thanks!

Quiz Night this Friday

This Friday Night (10th August) We have a quiz night at The Cemetery Hotel in Rochdale. We hope to start between 7.30 & 8pm. The aim of this event is to team up and help raise funds for our local Hospital and Community Radio station.

It’s £2 per person, No need to book. Just come along with friends or family for any info give the station a call on 0161 764 9200

Address: The Cemetery Hotel, 470 Bury Rd, Rochdale, OL11 5EU

Dementia Friendly Radio Programme looking for new volunteers!

Dementia Friendly Radio Programme looking for new volunteers!

Being in the hospital can be a daunting thing for anybody, however, what is it like for those that have Dementia or Alzheimers? Living with this whilst being in a hospital can bring additional stress and confusion to the individual.

Roch Valley Radio the hospital radio station at Fairfield Hospital is working with the Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation on providing a ‘Dementia Friendly Breakfast Show’ whereby each morning the station plays music that is tailored to the patients on the wards that may suffer from dementia, targeting music from their childhood, past memories and such.

The radio can entertain, engage and reduce the feeling of isolation for some patients. It can do this for any of us, but for the patient with dementia, it can provide a precious link to a world of music.

To make this happen, we’re looking for volunteers to join the radio stations team at Fairfield, you don’t need to have a background in technology or music, we’re just looking for volunteers that can communicate and are compassionate when visiting and speaking to patients. This will help us gather relevant music requests and raise awareness on the wards.

Each volunteer will receive the relevant training including receiving the training to become a “Dementia Friend” to help carry out the role. We’re looking for anyone that has a couple of hours each week, ideally early mornings, but afternoons and evenings are fine too.

For more information, please email our volunteering team at: or by ringing the station at 0161 764 9200.