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Teen singing sensation Ollie Garland to visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop

Press Release   •   Aug 02, 2012 09:22 BST

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 or 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


Radio Lollipop is a charity registered in England and Wales Number 280817, in Scotland Number SC039505, New Zealand Number CC34997. Website: General Email:

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:

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