A DJ who has presented a hospital radio station’s Friday night show for nearly half a century has been honoured for his service.
Terry Clough, presenter and chairman at Durham Hospitals Radio (DHR), was awarded the Chairman’s Medal by outgoing Durham County Council chairman Brian Myers.
Mr Clough has volunteered for DHR, first at Dryburn Hospital and later at its successor University Hospital of North Durham (UHND), for 47 years – ever since being a founder member of the station in 1963.
At the time, the “station” was a record player on a trolley which was wheeled round the wards.
Mr Clough, 64, of Willington, County Durham, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I was a little taken aback. I don’t do it for reward or gain.
“We’re told by the hospital staff that the patients do appreciate the station.
“It can be a distraction, particularly for those who are seriously ill, to take their mind off things.”
Councillor Myers said: “Terry has given a lifetime of voluntary commitment to help others in their time of need, and when personal gain and ambition are high on many people’s agenda, it is good to know there are still people like Terry who are prepared to help others in their community.
“The Chairman’s Medal is the highest honour the county council can award and Terry Clough is a very worth recipient.”