Featured Charity: Bedrock Radio

Hi and welcome to the first Featured Charity post on Stuff!Blogged.

Bedrock Radio

On we go then, and the first Featured Charity on this blog is called Bedrock Radio. Now, I’ll be featuring both national and local charities on this blog, and we start with a local charity-or at least it’s local to me, as it depends where you live 🙂

However, I know for certain this charity will appreciate your support wherever it is that you do live.

Bedrock Radio‘s Official Website

About Bedrock Radio

Bedrock Radio has existed under that name for over 10 years now. However, its history before taking that name, during the charities previous forms, that led to the creation of Bedrock, dates back further. To get you up to speed on the history, I recommend giving this page from their site a read:

http://bedrockradio.org.uk/?page_id=97

Done reading that? OK. Let’s look at why this charity needs support and ways in which you can support them.

So Bedrock Radio broadcasts its radio show from a studio located on the 1st floor of a hospital, here in the UK, a hospital called Queen’s Hospital. Tha building is in the county of Essex, in Rom Valley Way, Romford

So what do Bedrock Radio do?

The Radio Show

As mentioned Bedrock Radio run a radio show from Queens Hospital that patients on the ward can listen to. The show can also be heard in Queens Hospital restaurant. This is a broadcast which includes a mix of music, such as the great golden oldies, as well as some more modern selections. The music is played by one of Bedrock‘s brilliant DJ’s, who are volunteers of the Bedrock group. This is a lovely idea to provide music on the wards, and in between the music, the DJ’s provide informative and friendly chat through the show to the listeners, when they present live on air.

Another good idea from Bedrock is that song requests can also be made by patients texting in to the show, or by ‘request rounds’ where a member of Bedrock visits the wards to collect the requests from patients, of the songs they want to hear. This I think is also  a great idea.  The radio show is used to give news to patients too, through a mix of local based and hospital based news, as well as other local and national updates.

Bedrock Books

Another great scheme that Bedrock has is their books service. Housed inside Queen’s, Bedrock have a library full of books, which volunteers take around on a trolley, offering reading material to the patients on the wards.

What the donations will help with

Bedrock  receives no external or regular funding from the NHS, the government or any other source. This means that the service relies completely on donations. Although the service is provided by Bedrock as a free one, it costs thousands of pounds per year to maintain it.

Here’s a quick rundown (taken from Bedrock‘s fundraising page: http://bedrockradio.org.uk/?page_id=104 showing some of the costs donations will help to pay for:

Bucket / Tin collections:
From Romford Dog Track to supermarkets, our volunteers have been collecting public donations.  We like to give a little something back so we often hand out Bedrocks own magazine / leaflets or some sort of Bedrock freebie to say thank you.

Raffles & Lotto’s
We hold a number of raffles a year with a great range of prizes & our ward lottery gives patients a chance to win some money!
(Lottery registered with Havering Council).

Book Sales
We hold occasional Bedrock Book Sales with books priced at 20p.  You can grab a selection of great reading material!  Discover more about Bedrock Books.

Live P.A / Roadshow
School fetes & outside broadcasts.
We can provide entertainment at your venue. We have entertained at many local school fetes & fun days during the past 10 years. The Bedrock roadshow is available for hire! Read more about our Outside Broadcasts.

So what does fundraising pay for?
Here is a breakdown of an average year;

  • Insurance  – £350
  • Phonographic Performance LTD (PPL) License – £300
  •  Office Supplies – £120
  • Raffle Prizes – £150
  • Merchandise £400

All Bedrock Radio’s staff are  volunteers and are not paid.

Donating to Bedrock Radio

If you would like to donate to Bedrock Radio, there are a few ways you can do this. Firstly, Bedrock Radio is registered on the Local Giving website. If you’ re unaware of this site they give the option to donate to various charities, through their website, for more information please see http://www.localgiving.com. They will take just a 5% cut of your donation which is used to help pay for their costs of running a safe donation website. Brilliantly, if you donate through Local Giving and your donation is between £5 and £10 they will match your donation. This is a great gesture from them. Please note Local Giving take donations of £5 and over.

The other way to donate is by using the our charity donation button, provided below,as well as towards the sidebar of this blog. All you have to do is click the button and follow the steps. The whole amount of your donation will be passed on to your chosen charity. Please note when you send your donation, in the notes section, please could you state the name of the charity you would like your donation to go to, as the button is used to collect for a variety of charities.

Donate your old printer cartridges

Another way you can help Bedrock Radio out, is if you have any old ink cartridges lying around. For every cartridge collected Bedrock Radio will receive a donation in return. If you are able to get to Bedrock Radio‘s studio, located on the second floor of Queens Hospital, they can be dropped off their. For those who are unable to make it their, if you have some ink cartridges you would like to give for Bedrock, please contact me at askstuff@email.com and I can give you one of the address my company uses to forward them onto, and I’ll refund any shipping costs through PayPal to you, once the cartridges are received, and let Bedrock Radio know of your helpfulness.

Other brands are available. In fact, whatever brand of cartridge you usually use, if you have any empties, Bedrock Radio can earn a donation from them.

 

Donate your time

Of course it is true, just like Jessie J said (sang), it’s not all about the money, money (etc, etc). I mean charities like Bedrock do need the money, because like I was mentioning earlier, they do need the donations as they have no other form of funding, and it’s not free to run the charity. But, many would like to donate, but are unable to and that is completely understandable. But the great thing about helping a charity (and indeed helping in general, isn’t it the case?) is that money is not the only way you can help out. Bedrock Radio welcome volunteers to take part in the sections that make up the charities work.

Interested in applying? Here’s some more information from Bedrock which includes an application form

http://bedrockradio.org.uk/?page_id=45:

The ‘Please Note’ Part

For further information on this charity please see Bedrock Radio’s official page at:

http://www.bedrockradio.org.uk

Bedrock Radio is a registered charity No. 1094330

Please note charities will only be featured if I know that they run a legitimate service and all charities are researched throughly, beforehand.

Contact Bedrock Radio

If you would like to get in contact with Bedrock radio, please see this page:

http://bedrockradio.org.uk/?page_id=155

The staff at Bedrock Radio have done a great job in their pledge to provide a great service to the community, and they continue to work on raising funds for their cause.

I recently became a volunteer at Bedrock Radio, and although I have only been there a couple of weeks, I quickly got to see first hand a great sample of the work which they do, and the service they provide.

And lastly thank you so much for reading this. Even if you are unable to donate, good causes need to be spread, and by reading this you can find out more about some of the great work that’s been done in the community.

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About Ben Stuart

Hello I am Ben Stuart I am CEO of the Stuffhere Productions company, and we have a number of blogs here on Wordpress.

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