Media/photo opportunity: Wednesday 8 August 6 – 8pm
New UK singing sensation Oliver Garland is visiting Radio Lollipop at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 8 August as part of a tour to promote his new charity single ‘Dry Your Eyes’.
Ollie G will meet patients, families and staff between 6 – 8pm before performing his new charity single at the hospital.
He will be donating the proceeds of the single to Radio Lollipop and Ollie will be visiting nine of the children’s hospitals across the country that Radio Lollipop broadcast from.
At only 17 years old, Ollie from Bristol, released his first single in April and already has over 40,000 followers on Twitter.
He is thrilled to be taking part in promoting and fund-raising for Radio Lollipop – a charity established 33 years ago to bring care, comfort, play and entertainment to sick children in hospital. Ollie believes Radio Lollipop to be a great cause and it is near to his heart as his cousin regularly receives treatment and care at Bristol’s children’s hospital.
He says: “Having visited Bristol Hospital and seen the work that Radio Lollipop does, I felt that I wanted to do something in return.
“My single ‘Dry Your Eyes’ that I wrote especially to do this, puts across the feelings that children go through when they’re in hospital and the support that they get from Radio Lollipop’s volunteers. I’m honoured to be able to do it.”
Hedley Finn MBE, Chairman of Radio Lollipop UK said: “We are happy and proud to have such a talented young artist supporting our sick children. It will be an excellent promotional activity for our cause alongside fundraising for much needed play materials and to help develop our ambition of providing our Radio Lollipop service in more of the UK’s specialist children’s hospitals. Ollie G will be visiting our hospitals in Bristol, Southampton, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow (with a link to Dundee), Manchester, Birmingham, Evelina in Westminster and concluding at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The children, their families and our volunteers are all looking forward to meeting Ollie and listening to his special Radio Lollipop inspired song”.
For further information or to let us know you will be attending, please contact Karen Stevens, Communications Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on 0121 333 8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 07956526485, Press and PR Officer for Radio Lollipop
Notes for Editors
- Radio Lollipop was born on 5th May1979 at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children at Carshalton
- Radio Lollipop provides care, comfort, play and entertainment for children and young people, primarily in hospitals. The service to children and young people is provided entirely by volunteers who have been selected, and trained to make a child’s stay in hospital more fun
- Radio Lollipop is currently in 26 hospitals around the world in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. The charity is in the process of expanding into other countries, including to Cape Town, South Africa – home of the only dedicated children’s hospital in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Most of the hospitals where a Radio Lollipop service is provided have a radio studio, providing a unique child‐orientated programme of interactive competitions, music, stories and games.
- His Debut Single "It's all about you" was launched on iTunes earlier this year
- Audio Clip http://radiolollipop.org/ollieg/Dry Eyes - Ollie Garland promo.mp3
- Video Clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA0D8uui1F8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
- See also: http://radiolollipop.org/ollieg
- Ollie G’s tour of Radio Lollipop hospitals is being supported by Great Western Railway and Holiday Inn – to ensure costs are kept to a minimum and that the maximum amount is available for Radio Lollipop causes.
- For further information on Ollie G, please contact Martin Clowes, firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone 0800 048 8568 www.olliegarland.com
Radio Lollipop is a charity registered in England and Wales Number 280817, in Scotland Number SC039505, New Zealand Number CC34997. Website: http://radiolollipop.org General Email: email@example.com
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).