This week Val and I were invited along to be interviewed on Radio Wishing Well at Trafford General Hospital by DJ Simon Relph. I really enjoyed chatting to Simon and was thrilled to have my Val beside me in the studio.

As the 'front man' I get all the credit for our charity events and all that we achieve together, so this interview was the perfect opportunity for me to let people know just how much Val does behind the scenes to make Team Devlin work!

Although Val prefers to stay in the background she reluctantly agreed to do this interview beside me and we had a lovely and open chat about our lives together and how we work as a team to get things done. It was especially nice to be interviewed on Radio Wishing Well as they really do do a great job of being a friendly voice in the ear of patients at our local hospital.

Radio Wishing Well has been broadcasting radio programs to the patients of Trafford General Hospital in Davyhulme since April 1982. The hospital, formally known as Park Hospital, was where the National Health Service was founded in 1948, and it was used as an American Forces hospital during World War II. An interesting fact about the hospital is that Glenn Miller and his band once performed on the grounds in 1944!

The idea of the hospital radio station goes back to 1977, but it took five years to find a suitable studio in the building, and then get it ready for purpose. A section of the telephone switchboard equipment was modernised which meant it only took up half of the space it had formerly. The other half of the area was then given to Radio Wishing Well, but there wasn't a doorway to that section of the room. Eventually, a new doorway was formed and Radio Wishing Well was able to move in.

Currently, the station is working to raise £50,000 to update the studio so they can do more outreach work in the community and share it with people who are long-term guests of, what Simon calls, the Hotel Trafford General.

The station is made up of Richard Parkinson who is the Station Manager, Amanda Jordan the Assistant Station Manager, DJs Mike Williams, Sam Jepson and Simon Relph plus a committed team of volunteers. You can learn more about Radio Wishing Well on their Facebook and Twitter.

The next fundraising event for the station will be at Flixton Girls' School where they will be hosting a fashion show with some of the girls from the school. Clothes from many main-street outlets will be on offer during and after the fashion show at 50% off! It will be held on the 30th of November and tickets will need to be purchased upfront. All information regarding tickets will be available on the stations social media nearer the time.

I'd like to thank Simon for inviting Val and I along to chat about our lives and for his warm hospitality. The coffee and donuts were very much appreciated too! I hope the hospital radio keeps going from strength to strength and I look forward to hearing the interview when it's aired.

See you next week!