Volunteer of the Month - Ian Rhind
Happy New Year from Radio Royal! We start 2019 with the story behind another of 2018's new presenters - this month's Volunteer of the Month is Ian Rhind!
When did you join Radio Royal?
I joined Radio Royal in January 2018.
Tell us a little more about what you do at the station!
I have recently passed my test tape and started my own 80s show on a Thursday - I grew up in the 80s and I think it's probably the best decade of music! I started off ward visiting meeting patients and taking requests - it's nice to meet our listeners - then I went on to training towards becoming a presenter. After passing my test tape it's great to hear folk say 'I heard you last night', and to give patients a variety of music.
Why did you decide to volunteer?
I decided to volunteer after I had a motorbike accident on Christmas Day 2012 and broke my ankle and spent a night in Ambulatory Care. After getting a plate and screws in my ankle I was always going to get in touch, but it wasn't until January 2018 I saw an advert on Facebook and decided to volunteer. It's not my first volunteering hobby - I also volunteer at the SRPS at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering in hospital radio?
If you think you could do something, no matter how big or smal - from a presenter to a ward visitor or to help fundraise - give it a go! You'll never know until you try and they're a great friendly bunch at Radio Royal.