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Rays of sunshine from Radio Horton

21/04/2020

Local theatre production company, Voices Across Time has joined forces with Banbury's hospital, health and wellbeing radio station, Radio Horton, to bring a new programme to listeners in the community, including care home residents and patients at the Horton General Hospital.

Based in Oxfordshire, Voices Across Time was formed in 2016, and consists of three core team members alongside a continuously growing network of artists, designers, technicians and volunteers.

In addition to supporting local and national charities at their shows, Voices Across Time launched their Community Outreach Programme in 2018. It seeks to bring music and storytelling to the community in order to aid wellbeing, provide education and reach those who may not be able to access such experiences very easily.

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Voices Across Time decided to trial a podcast aimed at residents of some local care homes and individuals in the community for Easter Sunday, to combat isolation and loneliness at a time when people cannot see their friends or families. Because of its popularity, Radio Horton approached Voices Across Time with a view to working together on a joint project.

The new podcast, called 'Bring Me Sunshine', will be produced entirely by Voices Across Time and broadcast on Radio Horton on Sundays from 10.00am to 11.00am from Sunday 26 April 2020 and repeated during the week.

Bring Me Sunshine will comprise a range of songs to sing along to and gentle activities in which listeners can participate from their homes or hospital beds, intertwined with music requests from local care home residents and patients in the Horton General Hospital, and voicemail messages from friends and family members.

People wishing to leave voicemail messages, or song requests for family members, friends or even a member of staff they would like to thank, can do so by calling 01295 404 104.

Patients in the Horton General Hospital are able to listen on Hospedia, while care home residents and individuals in the community can tune in via Radio Horton's website, www.radiohorton.co.uk, or with a Bluetooth speaker, which the radio station is hoping to supply to care homes.

Participating care homes will receive printable resources on a weekly basis, including a lyric sheet and scripts, that will also be available on the Radio Horton website and social media channels.

Pictured: Voices Across Time Team, Florence Taylor, Joseph Cummings and Hattie Wells

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