Tributes paid to Chichester Hospital Radio presenter

A long-serving member of Chichester Hospital Radio has passed away at the age of 83.
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Fred Wright joined the group which runs the radio service at St Richard’s in 1991 and spent many years as an active volunteer, working with one of the request teams, presenting a specialist music programme and supporting the charity’s fundraising events.

Fred’s knowledge and passion for jazz led to him presenting a weekly programme on the station that featured a wide range of music from the genre.

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Sometimes Fred presented alone but he also worked with others such as the late Marvin Kane.

Fred Wright in the Chichester Hospital Radio studioFred Wright in the Chichester Hospital Radio studio
Fred Wright in the Chichester Hospital Radio studio

Excerpts from some of Fred’s shows will soon be broadcast on the station in his memory.

Former chairman of Chichester Hospital Radio Paul Morris said: “Fred knew his stuff when broadcasting his jazz show and always enjoyed it.

“If I ever asked him to do anything, he rarely said no, although I know he was never in the best of health.”

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In recent years Fred’s health issues meant he was unable to continue as an active member of Chichester Hospital Radio but those who remember him were saddened by his passing.

Kate Michell, secretary of the Chichester Hospital Broadcasting Association Council, said: “We have heard from Fred’s son that his wish was for donations in his memory to come to Chichester Hospital Radio in lieu of flowers at his funeral.”


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