History P6

  1. UK

Radio Lollipop services have started in eleven towns and cities in UK, eight in England, three in Scotland, with the service at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital being relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio in Edinburgh.

www.radiolollipop.org

1.1 Carshalton (1979)

1.1.1 Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children (5 May 1979)

The world’s first Radio Lollipop broadcast took place at the Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children in Carshalton on the 5 May 1979.

Due to the closure of the Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children in 1993 a section of the children’s ward in F Block in the St Helier Hospital was altered in 1992 to provide accommodation for the children moving from the Queen Mary’s Hospital.

1.2 Edinburgh (1989)

1.2.1 Royal Hospital for Sick Children (3 June 1989)

On 3 June 1989 Radio Lollipop started their first service in Scotland at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. “The first disc – The Only Way is Up by Yazz and the Plastic Population”.

The Administrator, Malcolm Wright, wanted to bring “this special service” to the children in his hospital. Following the appeal launched by Mark Goodier, John Leslie and Anthea Turner, it took just 8 months to raise the funds and build the studio”.

“There was a toilet space that was kept just in case anyone famous or any royals came to the hospital to visit. So we got that!” Along with the room with a loo came £20,000 in funds to help buy all the equipment, records and technology required to operate a radio station.

“It was incredibly exciting,” says John, a police officer at the time whose love of music and work with youth clubs had drawn him to joining Radio Lollipop’s Edinburgh committee. We all brought along a lot of our own stuff to play. And people would come in to donate records – vinyl 45s and 33s back then, even cassette tapes.”

“One of the guys involved with the station, Gary McWilliam, mentioned he’d met someone who was involved in a gig at the Playhouse. Through him he arranged a meeting at the Sheraton Hotel. At 7.45pm that night, Stevie Wonder was at Radio Lollipop recording a jingle for us when his manager phoned to ask where was he because he was due on stage at 8pm!”

Gloria Estefan recorded a song for the station while at the height of her fame and Sir Cliff Richard took time out from appearing as Heathcliff to join the radio station’s Christmas celebrations.

From the 20 August 2005 Edinburgh’s Radio Lollipop service was relayed to the children’s ward at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. See 1.5 Dundee.

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/20-years-on-radio-lollipop-still-has-it-licked-1-1206172#ixzz42iqLuMpF (12 May 2009).

“Edinburgh Radio Lollipop broadcasts to children at the Sick Kids’ in Edinburgh as well as to the children’s ward at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”

1.3 Birmingham (1981)

1.3.1 Birmingham Children’s Hospital (2 May 1981)

In November 1980 the appeal to spread Radio Lollipop across the UK and raise funds for a service in Birmingham was launched nationally on BBC Radio One and BBC TV.

Six months later, on 2 May 1981, the second Radio Lollipop service in the United Kingdom was launched at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

On the 30th October 1998 the hospital moves to a new site in Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham.

2014 a new studio was opened.

In 2016 Radio Lollipop Birmingham was the oldest existing Radio Lollipop station in the world.

1.4 Bristol (1984)

1.4.1 Royal Hospital for Sick Children (29 September 1984)

Radio Lollipop started in Bristol at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on 29 September 1984. The following year the service added a major new playroom facility to their existing studio. They also received £15,000 from lTV’s Telethon.

The new Royal Hospital for Sick Children was opened by Prince Charles in 2001.

Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children is situated in the Main Play Room on Level 5. “During Radio Lollipop sessions we run our activities in the Main Play Room. There is also a garden attached to the Play Room which we use”.

1.4.2. Frenchay Hospital (22 November 1991)

In 1991 Bristol Radio Lollipop opened a satellite extension of their service by providing a specialist play room and facilities for children in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. This joint venture between Radio Lollipop and “Children In Need” was opened by Mark Goodier from Radio One and Sir Marmaduke Hussey, Chairman of BBC, live on TV, on 22 November 1991.

On 7 May 2014: “Specialist children’s services at Frenchay Hospital have moved to the Bristol Children’s Hospital as part of long term plans to centralise children’s hospital services in the city. Seven children were moved across from the Barbara Russell Unit to their new ward this morning”. See 1.4.1.

1.5 Dundee (2005)

1.5.1 Ninewells Hospital (20 August 2005)

On 20 August 2005 Radio Lollipop started broadcasting to the Tayside Children’s Hospital – which is attached to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

The service was relayed from Radio Lollipop’s Edinburgh studio. See 1.2 Edinburgh.  “Edinburgh Radio Lollipop broadcasts to children at the Sick Kids’ in Edinburgh as well as to the children’s ward at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”   

http://www.forfardispatch.co.uk/what-s-on/lollipop-reaches-ninewells-1-257605#ixzz42ivsEl36. Dated 9 June 2005. “Shows will be beamed from Edinburgh”.

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/20-years-on-radio-lollipop-still-has-it-licked-1-1206172#ixzz42iqLuMpF (12 May 2009).

“Jacqui Marshall is one of two key organisers who are helping to make it happen. Working as honorary fundraiser, Jacqui spearheaded a sponsored walk over the Tay Road Bridge last weekend and has a raft of other money spinners planned in the coming weeks to raise cash and increase the profile of the station in the area”.

Jacqui commented: “We’re going to be the first satellite link-up station”.

1.6 Glasgow (1992)

1.6.1 The Royal Hospital for Sick Children (4 April 1992)

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, was the second Scottish children’s hospital to have their own Radio Lollipop. The appeal to get underway was launched late in 1991 and the first broadcast tool place on the 4 April 1992. The first ward visit was on 8 October 1991.

“In Glasgow, Radio Lollipop provides a play area and also has the studio to entertain all the children in the hospital. We have our own playroom where we bring children from the wards down to feel a bit of normality and a bit of freedom from the routine of the hospital and we include their siblings”

On 3 July 2015 the hospital in Yorkhill closed and a new Royal Hospital for Children opened in Govan, adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

“In order to move to the new site Radio Lollipop has a fundraising target of £30,000. This will cover the move and new studio set up costs.  We will be unable to continue providing our invaluable service without it”.

“The studio was built and the Lollipop Volunteers equipped the new studio and play facilities to be ready to meet the very first children who came to the new hospital – we were there at the opening – our new studio has not had any ‘separate’ opening – we are a part of the hospital itself”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Hospital_for_Children,_Glasgow

1.7 Liverpool (1990)

1.7.1 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (1990)

15th May 1990 Radio Lollipop started to provide it’s service to Alder Hey Children’ hospital in Liverpool.  The initial service was the provision of a much needed outdoor play area for the children and their families.

At the same time that this facility was created and donated, Radio Lollipop started to fundraise to establish services and create a studio in the outpatients entrance lobby of the hospital.

Funds were raised and building work was due to start when the NHS trust board were faced with a series of critical issues and decided to close down all volunteer agencies working within the Trust. The service ended in late 1995.

1.8 London (2006)

1.8.1 Great Ormond Street Hospital (22 June 2006)

On 22 June 2006 Radio Lollipop (GOSH) started at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The first Radio Lollipop in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) was originally located in a former Jubilee Line tube carriage that was donated by Transport for London and craned into a courtyard space to become  the Lollipop playroom and studio.  In 2014, the hospital desperately needed the courtyard space for medical equipment and facilities and so.…”we found ourselves in a new studio in the basement of the hospital and, slowly but surely, we have made it our own”. 

“Patients can listen to the radio through their television. The service is self-sustaining and runs 24/7. There are three live shows a week and during these, patients can call in and request their favourite songs”.

The live shows are usually themed, which varies depending on the presenter. “I did a circus theme once,” says Christina Michalos, Chair of Radio Lollipop London.

In 2016 the service was operating seven days a week, with three live shows each week during which patients call in and request their favourite songs. Over 150 volunteers work for Radio Lollipop London, which also covers the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/working-here/volunteering-us/current-opportunities/behind-scenes-radio-lollipop

1.8.2 Evelina London Children’s Hospital (20 May 2008)

Radio Lollipop (Evelina) started on 20 May 2008 at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital – located next to the St Thomas’ Hospital. The Studio opening was performed by Alesha Dixon.

To fit in with the contemporary surrounding, the hospital really wanted us to come up with a light and airy space.  So, the Radio Lollipop studio at Evelina is a see-through glass cube on the atrium level reflecting the design of the glass atrium. This allows the children to visit or see what is going on from their beds/wards on the upper levels which look down on the open-plan area”.

The studio in Great Ormond Street and Evelina are separately run and broadcast to their own hospitals, however, they can be joined and do support each other from time to time.

1.9 Manchester (1991)

1.9.1 Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (14 February 1991)

On the 14 February 1991 the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in Pendlebury, became the base for Manchester’s Radio Lollipop team. Thousands of balloons were released to commemorate the launch, in a giant balloon race. Although funds were raised throughout the region the largest donation to establish this Radio Lollipop service came from Thresher Stores and their staff who raised over £ 15,000 towards the appeal.

The hospital closed in 2009.

1.9.2 The New Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (16 May 2009)

On 11 June 2009 the new Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital was formally opened by the Queen.

Radio Lollipop reported: “We operated from Salford for 18 years. This was an early 20th century building quite unsuited to modern care. However we had a very happy time there and were part of the ‘family’.

We transferred to the New Royal Hospital from Pendlebury Children’s Hospital on the 16 May 2009 into our new facilities, studio and playroom at the new hospital.  – we were there when the fist children arrived at the new hospital”. 

1.10 Newcastle (1982)

1.10.1. Fleming Memorial Hospital for Sick Children (14 July 1982)

Radio Lollipop started in Newcastle at the Fleming Memorial Hospital for Sick Children on 14 July 1982.

The service ceased (and moved to the RVI) with the closure of the Fleming Memorial Hospital in 1988.

1.10.2. Royal Victoria Hospital Site (1988)

“We then moved to the RVI in 1988 and re-launched with a brand new studio in 1989.

“For a considerable time during the rebuild of the RVI Radio Lollipop Newcastle lost their studio until the Great North Children’s Hospital was built”. GHCH was opened in 2010.

In 2012 the service moved to the new Great North Children’s Hospital that formed part of the Royal Victoria Hospital site. “We then had the pleasure of moving into our brand new state-of-the-art studio within the Great North Children’s Hospital in August 2012”.

In December 2013 a spokeswoman for the group said: “Radio Lollipop Newcastle is an entirely voluntary-run charity. We provide com­­­fort, care, play and entertainment for sick children in the Royal Victoria Infirmary. We aim to make hospital stays happier and more comfortable by engaging young people in radio, crafts and games”.

www.gnch.nhs.uk

1.11 Southampton (1994)

1.11.1 Southampton Children’s Hospital (4 July 1994)

As the official charity for the 1993/4 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, Radio Lollipop was invited to establish a service in Southampton General Hospital on the Children’s wards.. After funds were raised through Whitbread establishments such as Pizza Hut, Beefeaters Restaurants and Brewers Fayre a service was started at the Southampton Children’s Hospital on the 4 July 1994.

It has a studio on B level and in 2016 was broadcasting Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm.

“Children can visit the studio where they can help with broadcasts, or play with toys and computers. Programmes are broadcast to all the children’s wards and requests can be made to the station by children from within the hospital by telephoning ext. 4677”.

http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/Ourhospitals/SGH/Entertainment/RadioLollipop.aspx

  1. Australia

Thirteen Radio Lollipop services have started in Australia.

In January 2017 eight satellite stations were operating in Australia.

Seven hospitals were receiving a satellite service that was being relayed from the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth to Radio Lollipop services in Armadale, Rockingham, Joondalup, Midland, Kalgoorlie and two in Murdoch.

A satellite service was also being relayed to the Logan Hospital in Logan City from Radio Lollipop’s new studio at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane; replacing the service that had been relayed to the Logan Hospital from the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, which closed in November 2014.

http://www.openaustralia.org.au/debate/?id=2013-02-11.151.1

2.1. Perth (1985)

2.1.1 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (3 November 1985)

The Radio Lollipop service in Perth was the first one to start outside of the UK.

During 1984 the administrator of the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Western Australia, was visiting children’s hospitals in UK. He was so impressed with what he saw that he contacted Radio Lollipop on return to Australia and enquired how he could start the first service in Australia.

The Girl Guides raised over £18,000 to get Lollipop underway at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

The first broadcast and ward play work took place on 3 November 1985. Opened by the Premier of Western Australia, Brian Burke and a 7 year old patient called Bruce.

On 26 January 1991 the Governor of Western Australia presented Radio Lollipop with an Advanced Australia Award. There were only eight of these most prestigious awards given in 1991; seven to individuals and one to an organisation – Radio Lollipop. It was presented for outstanding achievement in child care and education.

“Radio Lollipop Perth has a radio studio and Playroom. Its Playmakers undertake both broadcasts and play activities on the ward. There is also a Roadshow which undertakes external activities beyond the hospital in the community as part of a programme of outreach work”.

In 2016: “The radio station located at Princess Margaret Hospital on the 7th floor (Megazone Area) provides fun and entertainment through music, stories, games and competitions. Children can listen to the service all day every day on Channel 3 on their TV. As this is happening we also have our volunteers out on the wards providing one-on-one play and entertainment at the child’s bedside”.

Radio Lollipop was also being broadcast from its studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital to six Radio Lollipop satellite stations in Western Australia; hospitals at Joondalup, Armadale, Murdoch, Rockingham, Kalgoorlie and the Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The current hospital, Radio Lollipop studio and all facilities are due move to a new site into the brand new Perth Children’s Hospital in mid 2017.

http://www.pmh.health.wa.gov.au/services/radio_lollipop/index.htm#about

2.1.2 Other Radio Lollipop Services in Perth Area (7)

Armadale: Radio Lollipop started at the Kelmscott Memorial Hospital on 16 September 2002.

Radio Lollipop Armadale has a Playroom and Playmakers on the wards. A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

Rockingham: Radio Lollipop started at the Rockingham Kwinana District Hospital on 26 November 2009.

“Introduced into the paediatric ward in 2009, Radio Lollipop brings laughter, fun and games to the children. A small group of volunteers run the satellite Radio Lollipop service and are dedicated to making a child’s stay in hospital more fun and less daunting”.

The satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

Joondalup: Radio Lollipop started at the Joondalup Health Campus on 8 August 1998.

“Young patients, their family and Radio Lollipop volunteers at Joondalup Health Campus last week celebrated 10 years of Radio Lollipop on its 25 – bed children’s ward. Radio Lollipop broadcasts to the children’s wards at Joondalup from the Radio Lollipop studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital. They have been brightening the Joondalup ward since 1998, playing games, reading stories, singing songs and doing whatever it takes to make the children smile”.

A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

Midlands: Radio Lollipop started at the St John of God Midland Hospital on 25 November 2015.

A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

Radio Lollipop started at the on 8 February 1997 at the Freemantle Hospital as a result of the Whitbread Round the World Race. This team operated as a satellite, having a service relayed from Perth.

When the hospital closed in February 2015 Radio Lollipop moved with the patients to the new Fiona Stanley Hospirtal in Murdoch..

Murdoch (1): The Radio Lollipop service at the Fiona Stanley Hospital started on 12 February 2015 and consists of a Playroom and Playmakers on the wards. A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

Murdoch (2):  Radio Lollipop started at the St John of God Hospital on 25 March 2003.

Radio Lollipop Murdoch has a Playroom and Playmakers on the children’s ward.

2008: “Radio Lollipop celebrated five years at St John of God Hospital Murdoch last week with a party for the children. Radio Lollipop founder Hedley Finn made a special visit to the hospital to visit the sick children. “I’m very proud of the superb team effort here at St John of God Hospital Murdoch because it’s all about visual entertainment and putting a smile on children’s faces.”

“Radio Lollipop helps sick children through laughter and play. Run entirely by volunteers, it is all about providing the children in the ward with fun including reading stories, playing games and running competitions. They also provide companionship and a person to talk to, to help ease their fear and anxiety during their hospital stay.”

“Volunteer Coordinator Glenice Sanders said there was no in-house radio station at St John of God Hospital Murdoch so volunteers made a point of visiting and spending time with every child in the ward. “We have two volunteers each day and they work in the wards on a one-to-one basis,” she said. “We’re all about having serious fun and making the kids smile.”

A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

2.2 Kalgoorlie (2007)

2.2.1 Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital (15 January 2007)

A service started at the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital in Western Australia on 15 January 2007.

Radio Lollipop Kalgoorlie has a Playroom and Playmakers on the children’s ward. A satellite service is relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth.

2.3 Brisbane (1990)

2.3.1 Mater Children’s Hospital (2 December 1990)

On 2 December 1990 a service started at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Radio Lollipop was also being relayed from its studio at the Mater Children’s Hospital to two Radio Lollipop satellite stations: at the Logan Hospital in Logan City and the Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria.

“On 19 June 2014, Radio Lollipop at the Mater Children’s Hospital was the beneficiary for the Wynnum Golf Club Ladies Charity Day. Although, the weather wasn’t as kind as we would have liked, 99 ladies played 18 holes of golf to raise money for Radio Lollipop. 

Ann Wilson nominated Radio Lollipop as the beneficiary after hearing about Radio Lollipop during last year’s Radio Lollipop Radio Day when Kelly Higgins-Devine hosted her regular afternoon radio show from the Radio Lollipop Studio.

ABC radio where on hand again yesterday to interview Ann Wilson and Chairman of Radio Lollipop International Mr Bruce Uhlhorn”. 

“In November 2014, after 83 years of service to the Queensland community, Mater Children’s Hospital will close and our paediatric services will transfer into the new government-owned and operated Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital”.

http://radiolollipop.org/?tag=mater-childrens-hospital

2.3.2 Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (November 2014)

In November 2014 the Mater Public Children’s Hospital closed and the Radio Lollipop service transferred to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The Mater Private Children’s Hospital remains and continues to be supported by the Radio Lollipop playmakers.

“Radio Lollipop was allocated space in the front of the entertainment area where we installed our ne w purpose built international standard Radio Lollipop Studio”.

A satellite service is also relayed to the Logan Hospital in Logan City from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

2.4 Melbourne (2013)

2.4.1 Monash Children’s Hospital (15 March 2013)

In March 2013 Jensen Button, the reigning Melbourne Grand Prix champion, help launch a new hospital radio Lollipop station at the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Sydney, 15 March 2013 (ANI): “Reigning Melbourne Grand Prix champion Jensen Button showcased his softer side as the McLaren ace visited sick kids at the Monash Children’s Hospital to read them stories and help launch a new hospital radio station.

Radio Lollipop has been launched through Vodafone’s World of Difference charity to lift the spirits of sick children by playing their favourite songs and letting them hear their own voice on air, the Herald Sun reports”.

“Monday the 25th of November 2013 will forever be an important date for Radio Lollipop, as it is the day Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia celebrated their first official night on the wards! 

After 12 months of hard work in establishing the first Radio Lollipop in Victoria, Australia, nine very excited Radio Lollipop volunteers began their duties and took to the wards with huge smiles and great enthusiasm”.

A satellite service was also relayed from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. “Radio Lollipop Monash has commenced with a play program with the radio to be broadcast from Radio Lollipop Brisbane. We hope to have our own Radio Lollipop radio studio by mid 2014”.

The satellite service at the Monash Children’s Hospital ceased when the Mater Children’s Hospital closed in November 2014.

Radio Lollipop reported in January 2017: “The new Monash Children’s hospital is due to be opened by mid 2017 – the Radio Lollipop Studio is currently under construction as part of that new build. Lollipop and our Volunteers will be there when the building opens for patients We will met the first children who arrive. the Lollipop service will start on day one of the new hospital being opened. The play services at Monash are on-going – the existing radio service that is currently being supplied from Brisbane will cease in favour of a local service. The hospital is unable to give a projected opening date (as at Jan 17)”

http://radiolollipop.org/?p=12326

2.5. Gold Coast (2006)

2.5.1 Gold Coast Hospital (27 July 2006)

A service started at the Gold Coast Hospital on 27 July 2006. A satellite service was relayed to the hospital from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the old Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

“On 27 September 2013, Queensland Health officially shut down services at the Gold Coast Hospital and transferred the remaining patients from the old Gold Coast Hospital to the new Gold Coast University Hospital.

2.5.2 Gold Coast University Hospital (27 September 2013)

On 27 September 2013 the new Gold Coast University Hospital opened.

“A new hospital was built and we moved – with the children into the new facility.  The studio was built as part of the new hospital and we were there on day one when the children transferred on 27 September 2013”.

“Our new studio and playroom at the new Gold Coast University Hospital is about 1/5th smaller than our old studio and playroom at the Gold Coast Hospital, Southport campus. Our volunteers have adapted the program to suit the new hospital environment with a significant change to focus on more room visit play and less playroom play”.

2 November 2013: Radio Lollipop volunteers have returned to the children’s ward at the Gold Coast University Hospital. The team were given a break while hospital staff adjusted to the much larger Parkwood premises. It was time to return when children started to bug the nurses about bringing Radio Lollipop back! To celebrate their first night at the new hospital Radio Lollipop volunteers came “bearing” gifts – pilot teddies donated by Careflight.

http://radiolollipop.org/?p=12184

2.6 Logan City (2001)

2.6.1 Logan Hospital (20 August 2001)

A service started at the Logan Hospital on 20 August 2001.

“At Logan Hospital we operate a satellite station that connects with our broadcast centres and offers ward-visiting, play and entertainment to children”.

A satellite service was originally relayed to the Logan Hospital from Radio Lollipop’s studio at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

When the Mater Hospital closed in November 2014 the satellite service was then relayed to the Logan Hospital from Radio Lollipop’s new studio at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

  1. New Zealand

Six Radio Lollipop services have started in New Zealand. “Radio Lollipop started a play programme in the old Princess Mary Hospital in 1989”. Their first service in New Zealand.

In 2016 four satellite stations, receiving a service relayed from the Starship Children’s Hospital, were operating in New Zealand at Waitakere Hospital  in Waitakere, Middlemore’s New Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Otahuhu/Auckland City, Manukau Superclinic in Manukau and at the Whangarei Hospital in Whangarei

3.1 Auckland City

3.1.1 Starship Children’s Hospital – Grafton (15 April 1992)

On 15 April 1992 Radio Lollipop moved it service and opened a new studio and play facility at the new Starship Children’s Hospital in Grafton, Auckland. “Prior to this, we operated a play programme in the old Princess Mary Hospital from 1989” – Radio Lollipop’s first service in New Zealand.

In August 1997 “the Starship studio closed due to hospital renovations but the ward-visiting programme continued uninterrupted until the new and improved studio was opened a year later”.

A further report stated “Our radio studio has been closed since December 2013. Once our new studio is complete, the plan is to broadcast our live show to Radio Lollipop teams based in Waitakere, Whangarei and Kidz First Hospitals”.

The new studio re-opened on 8 Nov 2015.

“It has been our wish to broadcast into other hospitals so we can reach more sick children and they too can join in the fun,” says Angela Mackie, Radio Lollipop Chairwoman Starship Branch.  

This Lollipop service was originally funded in partnership with the New Zealand Red Cross. “As part of the festivities the world’s largest sweet lollipop was made”.

Report dated 7 March 2014: “Starship Hospital’s entertainment hub Radio Lollipop will soon be able to stream its shows to hospitals around the country. That’ll allow patients to tune in from any children’s hospital around New Zealand”.

“It’s getting new studio equipment as one of the official charities of Auckland’s annual Round the Bays fun run this weekend. Since December, the studio has been off air because of hospital renovations.

Radio Lollipop has been operating out of a caravan since the earthquakes, because space is at a premium. Starship’s Radio Lollipop will be back later this year. It’s getting $30,000 worth of studio equipment from Round the Bays”.

3.1.2. Middlemore Hospital – Otahuhu (1 October 1996)

Radio Lollipop launched a service started at the Middlemore Hospital on 1 October 1996. There was not a studio. “Volunteeers delivered a daytime programme of play and fun in the Outpatients Department from a specially designed cabinet that looked like a studio”.

In March 25 1998, Radio Lollipop moved its services from the Middlesmore Hospital building to the Manukau SuperClinic located close by.

“Radio Lollipop is an independent international not-for-profit organisation.  They do several evening sessions on the wards at Kidz First Children’s Hospital providing craft and board game activities”

“In November 2000 Radio Lollipop extended its service back to the Middlemore to the New Kidz First Children’s Hospital Paediatric Emergency Care area providing an evening service”.

“Radio Lollipop is an independent international not-for-profit organisation that works with children in the waiting area of paediatric emergency care and the waiting area of the Manukau SuperClinic”.

In 2015 a satellite service started being relayed to the New Kidz First Children’s Hospital from the Starship Children’s Hospital in Grafton.

3.2 Waitakere City

3.2.1 Waitakere Hospital (10 October 2010)

Radio Lollipop started at the Waitakere Hospital on 10 October 2010.

In 2014 Radio Lollipop Waitakere reported that it was providing a play area service in the ward – in the children’s rooms and in the playroom.

“We do not have a radio studio, however we anticipate sustaining radio service in children’s wards in the near future. Also to receive live broadcasts from the Radio Lollipop studio at the Starship Hospital (in Grafton, Auckland) once they are in their new studio later in 2015

In 2011 a satellite service started being relayed to the Waitakere Hospital from the Starship Children’s Hospital in Grafton.

Starship Children’s Hospital’s radio studio in Grafton was closed from December 2013 until 8 November 2015 – when the new studio opened.  

Radio Lollipop reported in January 2017:The service at Starship started on 15 April 1992 and continued until we had to move location within the hospital. We had to wait for the hospital facilities to be rebuilt by the Health Department. During that time, Radio Lollipop continued our services without a break, we provided the radio from our 24/7 sustaining service (this was also going to the satellite stations) and the Lollipop play service to all the children on all the wards, in Starship and all the satellites continued without a break”.

3.3 Manukau

3.3.1 Manukau Superclinic (25 March 1998)

In March 25 1998, Radio Lollipop moved its services from the Middlesmore Hospital building to the Manukau SuperClinic located close by. See 3.1.2. Middlemore Hospital

In 2015 a satellite service started being relayed to the Manukau SuperClinic from the Starship Children’s Hospital in Grafton.

3.4. Whangarei (2008)

3.4.1 Whangarei Hospital (2 December 2008)

Radio Lollipop started at the Whangarei Hospital on 2 December 2008.

“Radio Lollipop is a non-profit charitable organisation for entertaining children in hospital. Volunteers are organised to spend time with children, and a radio station operated from the UK with appropriate programming, is available for children to listen to on the wards. This organisation works for a few hours each week in the children’s ward at Whangarei Hospital”.

“At Radio Lollipop Whangarei we have no radio studio but we play the international 24/7 radio service. The programming comes from London; it is produced daily and fed to all the Radio Lollipop services around the world.  Everyone contributes to the output with music, jingles stories and local content”.

Note: Radio Lollipop has a daily changed, pre programmed, service of children’s music and fun that is available to all Radio Lollipop facilities.

In 2015 a service started being relayed to the Whangarei Hospital from the Starship Children’s Hospital in Grafton.

3.5. Christchurch (2013)

3.5.1 Christchurch Hospital (14 November 2013)

“After nearly four years of hard work and planning by Christchurch Director Barrie Cooper, Radio Lollipop officially opened in Christchurch with great fanfare on Thursday 14th November 2013.

With support from children’s TV presenter Erin Simpson, who volunteered her studio for the launch party, and special guests including Anne Morgan, Service Manager of Child Health at Christchurch Hospital and Founding Chair Deirdre Neville-White, who launched Radio Lollipop at Starship in Auckland in 1992, as well as numerous local businesses and organisations, it was a great start”.

“The initial team, recruited in June, have spent the last few months visiting children at Christchurch Hospital while a campervan was converted for use as a radio station. Previous efforts to find space in the hospital itself were scuppered by the earthquakes, but now Christchurch can proudly say they had the only mobile Radio Lollipop Station in the world”.

“Radio Lollipop Christchurch will be broadcasting from their camper in the hospital car park Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 6 – 8pm”.

Radio Lollipop is scheduled into the new Christchurch hospital building due for completion in 2018.

  1. South Africa

4.1 Johannesburg (2016)

4.1.2 Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (2 December 2016)

“The Radio Lollipop service was installed and opened with on the same day as the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital opened on the 2 December 2016

This facility houses a combined playroom and studio facility on the main patient floor of the hospital”. 

  1. USA

Three Radio Lollipop services have started in the USA.

Two were operating in January 2017.

5.1 Miami (1996)

5.1.2 Miami Children’s Hospital (August 1996)

In August 1996 Radio Lollipop opened its first service in the USA at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

“Radio Lollipop has sky-high ratings and a devoted audience. It broadcasts from inside the Miami Children’s Hospital to its 300 young patients”.

“Established in 1996 – as a result of funding achieved when Radio Lollipop was the official charity for the 1993/94 Whitbread Round the World Race. The Whitbread fleet of yachts had a port stop-over in Fort Lauderdale and discussions began to open the first US Radio Lollipop Station. Funding events were staged throughout the yachts visit and beyond”.

In 2015 the name of the hospital was changed from “Miami Children’s Hospital”, until a sponsorship arrangement from Jack Nicklaus (Golfer), to the “Nicklaus Children’s Hospital”.

5.2 Houston (1999)

5.2.1 Texas Children’s Hospital (5 October 1999)

In 1999 Radio Lollipop started its second service in the USA at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. This is the largest Children’s Hospital in the USA

“Radio Lollipop is a fully-equipped, on-site radio station that broadcasts to patients’ rooms via Texas Children’s television system. It is a 100% volunteer-driven program that involves children in play and activities, using the sounds of radio to help stimulate the children’s imagination”.

“Volunteer deejays create excitement among patients by playing Top 40 hits, taking call-in requests and putting kids “on air” to actively participate in the magic of radio. Each on-air broadcast also features games, art projects, storytelling and contests in which kids win prizes. Radio Lollipop makes kids feel important by giving them a voice and a choice during their hospital stay, a time when they may have few pleasant choices”.

5.3 Orange County (2006)

5.3.1 Children’s Hospital (23 September 2006)

A third service in the USA started at the Children’s Hospital in Orange County on 23 September 2006.

Children’s Hospital in Orange County
Children’s Hospital in Orange County

“Located in the lobby is a radio station called Radio Lollipop. Created to entertain the patients, the use of music from the station has proven to reduce the need for pain medication. Ryan Seacrest is a supporter and is helping to expand Radio Lollipop to hospitals across the nation”.

This service closed in 2011. Radio Lollipop reported “We had a 5 year licence with the hospital and that expired in September 2011 as the hospital patient facilities were expanded and rebuilt on another site”.