Treetops take over Erewash Sound to kick start Hospice Care Week

Published on: Monday, 8th October 2018

Two members of staff from Risley bsaed Treetops Hospice have staged a temporary coup on the Erewash Sound Breakfast Show to mark Hospice Care Week.

On Monday 8th October, listeners from 7am to 10am heard Katharine Lightbown, Treetops marketing executive and Mary Rose, Treetops community fundraiser hosting the breakfast show, rather than the regular presenter, Paul Stacey.

The breakfast show takeover kick-started Hospice Care Week, a national campaign to raise awareness of hospice care and support available across the UK.  Katherine and Mary used the three hours to talk about the work of the hospice in the community as well as promote services provided whilst all of the music during the show was as requested by staff and service users and their famlies.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting illnesses, including a Hospice at Home service. Treetops nurses care for patients in their own home during the day or night and last year, the hospice provided over 7,800 hours of Hospice at Home care within Erewash.

Erewash Sound has been broadcasting across the Erewash borough on FM since March 2010 from the Media Centre in Cotmanhay and recently scooped four honours at the national Community Radio Awards.  The radio station has been a strong supporter of Treetops for several years.

Katharine and Mary are regular guests on the breakfast show and had joked about how easy it looked, as Katharine explained: “Mary and I love coming onto the breakfast show and chatting about our forthcoming fundraising events as well as the services available to listeners.

“Paul is a great host and makes it look so easy – and we told him so. So he challenged us to try it for ourselves and here we are! We’ve had some training about how to successfully deliver the show along with technical information.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to talk about Treetops and national Hospice Care Week, and hopefully dispel a few common myths about hospice care.”

Paul Stacey said: “Mary and Katharine’s regular appearances have placed them firmly as friends of the show.  We always have a lot of fun in the studio and I’m certain the listeners get a sense of that when they pop in to look ahead to their fundraising events."

Jeff Martin, station manager added: “Katharine and Mary are always welcome visitors to Erewash Sound and we are delighted to get Hospice Care Week off to a great start locally."

Erewash Sound is available at 96.8fm or can be streamed live via the Erewash Sound website.

Treetops services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

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