In 2015, The Easington [public house], Banbury made Radio Horton their charity of the year. In addition to having collection tins on the bar, the Ember Inns-owned pub hosted a family fun weekend, E-Fest which featured live music and entertainment from 3rd-5th July 2015 with proceeds being donated to Radio Horton.
E-Fest was held in the pub garden of the Easington and saw performances from Damien Black, Act in the Court, Lake Acacia, the Skeptics with Paul Proctor from the Uninvited and jazz and acoustic sets from Oxford Brookes students, Ben and Oliver. Radio Horton also hosted live broadcasts from the pub and held interviews with Pub Landlady, Christine St-Clair-Christopher and then Town Mayor, Sean Woodcock.
A cheque for £280 was recently presented by the pub to Banbury’s hospital radio station. As a small token of appreciation for this fantastic amount Radio Horton presented a certificate to bartender, Kelly. Radio Horton Chairman, Kevin Matthews said “We are delighted to have been nominated as The Easington’s Charity of the Year 2015 and our thanks must go not only to the staff for their efforts in organising the fundraisers, but to customers and the community of Banbury for their continued support towards the station”.
“Pubs are often the centres of neighbourhood communities, and it is fantastic that The Easington continues to recognise and support the work of local charitable organisations”, Mr. Matthews continued.
Recent research conducted by the Hospital Broadcasting Association, a national body which represents and promotes hospital broadcasting across the country, revealed that hospital radio has been found to have an impact on psychosocial health outcomes, with 89% of stations across the UK reporting evidence of their impact on social interaction.
“These funds will help us in our stride to deliver unique programming and relatable content that caters for patients in Banbury’s Horton General Hospital, with our ongoing aim to help better patient experience”, Mr Matthews added.
Radio Horton continues to support The Easington with a quiz team including the station’s members who regularly attend the weekly Pub Quiz on a Sunday evening.