WINCHESTER Radio had two reasons to celebrate at this year's National Hospital Radio Awards.

The volunteer-led station won the 'Recognising Innovation' category, whilst chairman Anna O'Brien topped the 'Best Female Presenter' competition.

The charity also made the top ten shortlist in three other categories: Best Speech Package or Special Event; Best Male Presenter (George Kousseff); and Station of the Year.

Anna O’Brien said: “The team have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, with no break in service, giving their time and skills for free to support the patients, the hospital, and the wider Winchester community, including those in need and who are vulnerable; or those experiencing social isolation, loneliness or illness.

"We all care passionately about helping others, so it's wonderful, and incredibly humbling that our charity, Winchester Radio, has been recognised in this year's National Hospital Radio Awards for our volunteering efforts.”

The annual National Hospital Radio Awards are organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association and judged by media and radio professionals.

Nigel Dallard, one of Winchester Radio’s trustees said: “It's really pleasing that the brave decision we took a few years ago to take the station in an innovative new direction has been recognised with this award. Like all charity trustees, we had a duty to think strategically about the best way for the charity to deliver its public benefit.

"Back in 2013, the charity was facing an uncertain future, but now, whilst hospital patients remain an important part of our audience, we have a new challenge to help those living in and around Winchester to live healthy, active, socially-engaged lives, with a focus on positive ageing and trying to keep them out of hospital.

"And we have a larger volunteer team with a new impetus, keen to help us meet that challenge."

This year's ceremony took place online.

For details of all the winners, and to listen to winning entries, see judges' comments, and read citations, visit: