New UK singing sensation Oliver Garland visited Radio Lollipop at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 8th August as part of a tour to promote his new charity single ‘Dry Your Eyes’.
Ollie G performed his single for patients, families and staff, before joining the team of Lollipop volunteers on their ward visits and playing games with children in the hospital.
Proceeds from the single will be donated to Radio Lollipop and Ollie is partway through his tour, which will see him visit 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.
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.”
Birmingham station Chairman Andy Young said: “Ollie performed an acoustic version of 'Dry Your Eyes' along with another number, in front of around 15-20 children (including 2 of mine!), hospital staff and of course, the RL team (Birmingham). Ollie then visited some of the wards to spend time with the patients there.
I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved for a thoroughly enjoyable evening with ‘our Ollie’.”
Radio Lollipop has had a base in Birmingham for 32 years. They are currently looking to move to a new studio and improve the service they provide to the patients of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Radio Lollipop, please contact Birmingham@radiolollipop.org
Notes for Editors
- Radio Lollipop was born on 5th May 1979 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
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).