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BRIT FM works with Hospice patients

Patients from St Christopher’s Hospice have worked with Year 13 Film & Media Production students to create a radio show filled with jingles, poems and interviews that went out live online last week.

Lifetime Radio has aired again on Brit FM. Patients from St Christopher’s Hospice have worked with Year 13 FMP students to create a radio show that went out live online last Monday.  Now in its fourth year, the six-week project introduces the patients to the technical side of radio as well as getting them onto the mics. With their BRIT school student colleagues they create jingles, write and perform poems and do interviews. When they aren’t presenting, they run the show from behind the radio desk. Very quickly, they become the Lifetime Radio crew.

As always, both crew and students found the whole experience very worthwhile. Natasha from St Christopher’s says of the students, “They were brilliant. We just clicked straightaway. They don’t look at us as patients.” She also felt she got more than simply new radio skills from doing the project: “It’s given me a new found confidence that I never really thought I’d get back from being so ill for such a long time. I see that I can get back out there and work within a team and with different age groups.”

Year 13 Teywanna speaks for all the students working on the project,  “They’ve really taught me the importance of being happy. Even though they have their stuff going on they maintain a happy and confident aura about them, which I think is really inspirational.”

Project leader Jon Preston is delighted with the outcome: “I always know it’s working when I hear the laughter coming from inside the studio. I’ve had to accept that it’s a lot more fun when I’m not there! Luckily, the show’s great too.”

You can hear the Lifetime Radio show again during the BRIT FM broadcast, which runs online this year between 7th and 15th July. Find us on www.britfm.org.uk

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