Kaye's charity and voluntary work

I am a volunteer at Radio Harrow - a registered charity (charity number 274806) affiliated with the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) which focuses on visiting patients in hospital on a daily basis to offer support, company and entertainment.

With about 150 volunteers aged between 16-90 years old, we visit over 15,000 patients a year, and help make their stay in hospital as comfortable and enjoyable as it can be.

Radio Harrow has gone from strength to strength since its inception over 40 years ago. We now broadcast 24 hours a day not only to members of the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust but also online.The most important show on our live schedule is the request show, which takes place every weekday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday night. 

I am part of the Wednesday night team. My Wednesday colleagues and I go around the wards of Northwick Park Hospital, talking to patients and collecting requests to produce a show that’s filled with patients’ favourite songs and dedications.

In addition, I present my own show - Guilty Pleasures - every Sunday between 12midday-1pm. Listeners can expect feel good favourites, much loved classics, forgotten gems and dance floor crackers, served with a side of showbiz chat.

As well as patient visiting and presenting, I play a key role in the production of the annual Radio Harrow  magazine and regularly participate in fundraisers for the charity. 

Past fundraisers include a pub quiz (raising over £500), a shoppers jukebox at Debenhams (raising over £600) and a charity football match which saw Radio Harrow volunteers, plus celebrity guest Adam Garcia, play against ex-Arsenal pros and celebrities. Although Radio Harrow was thrashed 18-4, the charity football match was a huge success. Hundreds of Harrowvians attended and enjoyed the big game as well as a fete, face painting, food and drinks and live music, helping us raise over £6,500 - making it the station's biggest ever fundraiser. The profits were split between the charity and the Arsenal Foundation.

Radio Harrow also plays an active role in the local community: the charity was asked by the London Borough of Harrow to turn on Harrow’s Christmas lights in December 2012 together with the Mayor.

In a snapshot

  • Radio Harrow was established as Radio Northwick Park in 1971
  • We currently have around 150 volunteers, aged between 16 – 90 years old
  • The volunteers visit approximately 15,000 patients a year around Northwick Park Hospital
  • We have over 13,000 online listeners per year
  • We are regularly the most listened to radio station in Northwick Park Hospital

Constitution
As a registered charity we take our role very seriously, and do everything we can to meet our charitable objectives. The objects of the organisation are:


To help alleviate sickness, infirmity and old age among people in the London Boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Ealing by providing a broadcasting and patient visiting service for local hospitals and broadcasting to residents, residential homes and similar institutions.

WATFORD FOOTBALL CLUB
In addition, I am an enthusiastic supporter of Watford Football Club where I volunteer as a Vicarage Roadie - a team of Watford supporters who work to enhance the match-day experience for home & away fans. We offer advice, provide assistance to those needing extra support to access the stadium, manage away match ticket collection & help with any other issues or queries that arise.