Clare Macbeth.jpg

Clare Macbeth

I started voluteering with SMHR in 2012, I had just completed a short course in journalism and my tutor recommended I volunteer for local radio as he thought I would love it.
Having had no previous experience in broadcast I was so excited when SMHR invited me for an interview.
I arrived at the radio station expecting a formal interview and a chat. However, Carol the presenter had a different format for the meeting "come into the studio - lets get you involved with the request show!" she said.
Before I knew what was happening I had a headset on and was in front of a microphone. After that 'interview' I was enrolled to volunteer every week. Initially starting as a trainee producer on the Monday night request show I went on to get trained by the fantastic Mike Oxlade to become a Presenter. It is fair to say he had his work cut out with me...I am a bit of techy phobe! Running the studio desk was not something I ever thought I could achieve but he was right - it is just like driving a car!

I now present my own show - The Music Box - every Tuesday night and it is fair to say I feel so lucky to be able to volunteer with the nicest group of people. It is also a fantastic feeling to be part of the NHS, taking calls and emails from the staff and patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital is a massive priviledge.
Outside of radio, I have three children and a busy job. I am also studying for a NCTJ Journalism Diploma with News Associates.
My whole experience with SMHR has been so positive, if you have some free time and are considering volunteering or you would like to get involved with broadcast I could not recommend Stoke Mandeville Hospital radio enough...just get in contact. Everyone at SMHR would love to hear from you!