VOLUNTEER broadcasters who bring cheer to hospital patients and staff are returning to the airwaves after a near six-month shut down, early next month.

The small team that runs Durham Hospital Radio was forced to go off the air in mid-March at the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

Presenters abandoned the studio, at the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham, as front line medical staff were tackled the toll of Covid-infected patients.

While the station was off air it received some good news, however, with presenter Eileen Thompson winning a silver award in the Best Speech Package section at the National Hospital Radio Awards.

Now, with easing of restrictions, the green light has been given allowing a return to the studio, on September 7.

Presenter Phil Alsop said: “The station went on air in the early 60s, so we’ve been around a while, and this has been the longest break in its history.

“We’re keen to get the message out that we are open and available for requests and dedication to friends and family in the hospital.”

Further details are available via www.dhradio.org.uk.