YOUR votes are needed by Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells to enable it to buy replacements for patients’ missing TV remote controls via the Aviva Community Fund.

This will enable more patients to listen to and enjoy the service and make record requests.

When Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury was built in 2011, each ward room was fitted with a plasma TV, which gives patients access to TV and radio, including Hospital Radio
Tunbridge Wells on Channel 705. The TV sets were paid for by the League of Friends.

Many of the remote controls are now missing and the NHS Trust does not have the funds to replace them.

Those collecting radio requests are finding that many patients are unable to access any TV or radio because they cannot operate the sets.

Hospital Radio Station Manager Chris Manser explained: “Our volunteers have worked hard in the last 12 months to successfully save our service from closure.

“So it is now frustrating that patients who would like to listen to and enjoy the programmes and have a request cannot do so. “We are asking readers to ‘Vote for Remotes’ and bring some pleasure to patients during their stay in hospital.” Voting is open until November 21, and the project needs to gather at least 1,000 supporters as soon as possible for a chance to succeed.

If you would like to register to vote, visit If you would like to register to vote, visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1323