A little over a year ago, I was put in contact with Jamie Pritchard (superstar radio DJ) and we spoke about the possibility of bringing together Radio Glamorgan, the hospital radio station, and the young people from our Unit. We decided that for two hours every month, we would bundle into the Radio Glamorgan studio and completely take over, play whatever music we wanted to and talk about anything and everything!
Our first Takeover was on the 28th of February, 2016. I took Hannah along with me, who was recovering from a very stressful and difficult month of being unwell. Her boyfriend, Lewis, came along too to chaperone us! For me, the first show was incredibly nerve wracking and I was very conscious that there were people listening to me talk! Hannah had completed a degree in Radio before she started her treatment, so she breezed through it and was an absolute pro. We spent an hour talking about the Kardashians and films, and we played our favourite songs. I realised afterwards how valuable the radio show could be to us as a group and how much our young people could get out of it.
We continued our Takeover every month, gradually doing longer shows and talking about a variety of topics. After a few months, some interest began to grow within the Unit and we were able to get a few more people involved. Fin and Hayley have taken part in the last few shows and have been amazing! It’s wonderful for me to see our young people take part in something like this after so many months of going through treatment and being unwell. It’s something that we really enjoy doing and I can safely say that it has become the highlight of my month!
I’m surprised that Jamie hasn’t lost his mind after chaperoning us and helping us for over a year – he has to reign us in sometimes, we get a bit excited on air! Jamie has been brilliant with us – he knew Hannah from before treatment, so although it was a bit of a shock for him to see her unwell, he handled this brilliantly and he has been amazing at guiding us through the last twelve months. He has always been eager for this project to grow and for more young people to get involved and he really takes an interest in our Unit and the work that we do.
I hope that this project will continue for a long time and that we will continue to develop it and get other patients involved. It has become something very powerful and it has given us the opportunity to have a voice within the hospital and to highlight the incredible work that our Nurses and Doctors do. It has also given our young people the opportunity to do something completely different and be involved in a project that not only teaches them practical skills, but also gives them the chance to offload and have fun in the midst of all the chaos. I am incredibly grateful to Radio Glamorgan, and particularly Jamie, for helping us to do this month after month. Love you guys!