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Rotary Radio UK wired for sound by electricians

Two electricians from Chatham have been helping Rotary Radio UK get ready to broadcast live to the nation.

From Press releases - 28 June 2018 12:00 AM

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When the new station goes live on the internet in the autumn, electricians Stuart Link and Hugh Barker, from UK Power Networks, will be tuning in and wishing the new station well in its mission to publicise Rotary’s charity work.

The men spent two days installing essential power and lighting for the new radio station above The Criterion music hall, in Sheerness, as part of UK Power Networks’ volunteering scheme called Donate a Day, which gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer in their local communities. Typifying the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self’, they are returning to the station in their free time to complete some final jobs now the ceilings and walls are in place.

David Hatcher, a trustee of Rotary Radio UK and dedicated volunteer for the Rotary Club of Medway, said: “They were fantastic and without UK Power Networks’ employees this project wouldn’t have got off the ground to the extent that it has. They gave us a level of competence we could not have afforded, we could not have achieved it without them.”

Rotary Radio UK will promote the activities of the charity and causes they raise money for, mainly in the UK, but also around the world. An example of this is the Rotary Club of Medway that raises huge amounts of money for local and international causes, including an annual Disneyland Paris holiday for families and children from a local hospice, also for ShelterBox that hand delivers life-saving support to victims of natural disasters around the world.

Stuart said: “We all see people taking and not giving, so we thought it would be nice to do something like this. I used to be a mobile DJ so I understand how a lot of the kit works in a radio station and it interests me to see it in action. Our family has worked with the Rotary before and they do great work in our community.”

Hugh added: “The company gives us two days to commit to charitable causes each year. The job was more involved than we initially thought and we have some final work to complete, but we were more than happy to do it and it felt good to use our skills to help them. We wish them every success with the new station.”

UK Power Networks engineering assistant, Larraine Hand, who is also a Rotarian in Medway, connected her local club with the electricians. She said: “It’s great the company offers staff a chance to give something back to their local communities. It wasn’t an easy job and they worked their socks off, they were covered in cobwebs and dust. I’m so proud they stepped up to the mark.

“One of the challenges Rotary faces is getting the word out about our fundraising activities so it will be amazing for the clubs to have this radio station to reach a wider audience.”

Rotary has an international membership of 1.2million people. There are 32,000 Rotary clubs around the world and 55,000 Rotarians in the UK. Rotary Radio UK is due to go live 24/7 in September, attracting listeners online via a listen live button: www.rotaryradiouk.org