Harrogate Hospital Radio Awarded Duke Of York Community Initiative

15 May 2011

Harrogate Hospital Radio has been awarded a prestigious regional community award.

The charity broadcaster – which has been “on air” since 1977 – is the latest recipient of the Duke of York Community Initiative Award.


Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Bexley
Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Bexley


HRH The Duke of York founded the initiative in 1997, primarily and actively encouraging the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The initiative supports projects through a dedicated award scheme and recognition of excellence. Its principal aim is to foster and increase community spirit throughout the four Yorkshire counties and is only awarded to community schemes of outstanding merit which meet the stiff assessment criteria.

Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Bexley said: “Being awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative is a fantastic achievement and a real honour for the Society and the members who give their time freely.

“We are very proud of the work we do within Harrogate District Hospital and this award is a marvelous seal of approval for our organisation.”

Mr Bexley added: “Our application to be considered for the award was rigorously scrutinised, and two of the organisation’s assessors came to the studios and spent several hours interviewing a number of our members.

“Now that we are member of this exclusive ‘club’ we will do everything in our powers to ensure we stay a part of it.”

Kevin Sharp, Chairman of the Duke of York Community Initiative Award scheme, said: “On behalf of myself and the Assessment Panel, I would like to offer our congratulations in what is a great achievement.”

Harrogate Hospital Radio will receive its award from Prince Andrew at a ceremony to be held in the region later this year.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the charity broadcaster and the work it does should contact Mr Bexley at the station on 01423 553342.


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