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End of an era as Hospital Radio Crawley announces its closure

The station will broadcast its final show on Sunday 8th September.

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Announcing the closure on their Facebook page, the acting chair of Hospital Radio Crawley outlined the sad decision had been made to shut down the station.

Beginning life in the early 70’s the station offered music, news and chat to patients and staff within the hospital.

Over the years they have also raised thousands of pounds for charity and run events for the town.

Despite the station launching on the internet the hospital owners have not appeared to have invested in the technology to allow streaming to the patients and staff.

In addition, with the change of service the hospital offered the dedicated listeners deminished making the terms of the service almost unachieveable.

The acting chair also says:

” higher running costs also took their toll, to a point where it sadly becomes impractical to continue”

Hospital radio has always been the starting block for many DJ’s but as times change, as technology grows and as listener habits continually adapt it us unlikely that this will be the last of these stalwarts to bite the dust across the country.

While other stations have come and gone over the decades Hospital radio managed to continue and the news of its closure will tug at the heart strings of many leaving the town without any station at all.

But with community stations either side of the town there is still hope that a local service will filter its way to Crawley.

A 30 hour marathon broadcast in conjuction with St Catherines Hospice is set for the station before their final show.

You can read the stations full statement here.

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Inspirational seven-year-old cancer survivor from Crawley is guest of honour at new store opening

A brave youngster who has battled a rare eye cancer helped Vision Express to re-open its East Grinstead store – raising awareness of an aggressive condition called retinoblastoma.

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Alicia Ferriera, centre with mum Laura, officially open the East Grinstead Vision Express store, with from left: Dispensing optician Jody Lewis, optical assistant Dan Morrissey, Monica Kalsi, optometrist and store manager Paul Lyne.

Alicia Ferriera, seven, from Crawley, West Sussex, was aged just two when she was diagnosed with the devastating condition, and had to have an eye removed as part of her cancer treatment.

Alicia Ferriera at the East Grinstead store.

Alicia was accompanied by her mother Laura Belton, to officially cut the ribbon at the Vision Express store in East Grinstead, West Sussex this month, as special guests from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, which is a charity partner of Vision Express.

Mum Laura said:

“We found out that Alicia only had retinoblastoma in one eye and it wasn’t genetic. It all happened very quickly – she had the operation just a week after initial diagnosis.”

Since having her eye removed, the family have kept up regular appointments at The Royal London Hospital, initially every couple of months to now once a year for check-ups.

Laura said:

“Alicia is doing amazingly well and is just like other child at her age. She’s been doing karate for a year and a half now and is doing so well with it. She enjoys lots of walks, adventures and park trips and we’ve recently been to Cornwall where she was at the beach every day. Nothing will stop this girl!”

The ribbon cutting led by Alicia and Laura celebrated the Vision Express store’s recent extensive refit and marked the optician officially open to the public – in the same convenient location in London Road.

Vision Express East Grinstead store manager Paul Lyne added:

“It was brilliant to have Alicia and her mother Laura join us to officially declare our new store open. Her story of battling retinoblastoma, and the courage shown at such a young age, is an inspiration to us all.

“We’re proud to support the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust and we urge any parents that suspect retinoblastoma or notice any potential symptoms in their child, such as a white glow in their eye in certain lighting conditions or a squint, to visit their local opticians or GP.”

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