In these circumstances local community radio can be a lifeline. The volunteers of Truro’s Community and Hospital Radio are unable to access their studio at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, but thanks to a Government grant they are still broadcasting live from some home studios.
At the beginning of the lockdown the Station introduced a Community Help Show which is broadcast every weekday morning. This is a forum for local organisations – charities, community groups and the Council – to inform listeners how to access help which is available. Through the radio shows, relatives send messages to family members whom they cannot reach, including hospital patients who are denied visitors at present.
Exercise, of the mind and the body
And now that conditions are gradually easing, CHBN is also broadcasting information on what is open and what arrangements are in place to visit. Not just helping our listeners through the lockdown but beyond it as well.
The Coronavirus Community Support Fund grant will finance the kit for three other home studios and will also cover CHBN’s operating expenses until the end of the year, and we’re so thankful we can keep supporting our wonderful community and the listeners in it.