Surrey and Hampshire’s local radio station, Eagle Radio, granted a child cared for by Shooting Star Chase his ultimate wish of seeing the studios and meeting the team – when super-fan George visited the station during February half term.
14-year-old George, who has severe epilepsy and Asperger’s syndrome, listens to Eagle Radio religiously, can recite the adverts and has dreamt of taking a look behind the scenes since he first discovered the station during his commute to school two years ago.
Watch George’s reaction when he was told about the Eagle Radio trip!
George and his family are cared for by Shooting Star Chase – receiving short breaks, at-home care and therapeutic support – and the lovely Barbie at our Guildford-based hospice, Christopher’s, contacted Eagle Radio to request their help in granting George’s bucket list wish.
On Wednesday 17 February, George, his mum Nicky, and Shooting Star Chase care team member Kelly, visited the Eagle Radio studios – where they met Paul Marcus, Managing Director of the station, and the news and advert teams before joining drive time presenter, Lewis Mason, for his show.
George described what he got up to: “Lewis was really fun and explained exactly that was happening and how everything worked in the studio. He let me press some of the buttons and I even introduced a song live on air! I had an amazing time at Eagle Radio. It was a five star day – a real once in a lifetime experience.”
Nicky, Kelly and George spent two hours at the Eagle Radio studios learning about how the station broadcast to 148,000 listeners daily, and George received six tickets to see the Guildford Flames play ice hockey at the Spectrum, as well as a poster signed by all the presenters, before he left.
George’s mum was overwhelmed by the whole experience – Nicky said: “It’s impossible to describe what the trip to Eagle Radio means to George – and me and my husband. George was ecstatic when we told him where he was going and the look on his face during the visit was priceless. Everyone at Eagle was so kind and welcoming and made him feel really special.
“George was in hospital the day before we went to the studios and hasn’t been very well recently so this was the perfect time to give him an extra special treat. We can’t thank Eagle Radio and Shooting Star Chase enough – they really have made it possible for him to live his dream.”
Managing Director of Eagle Radio, Paul Marcus, explains he was bowled over by George: “George`s knowledge of our radio station , the songs we play and even our radio advertising jingles was astounding. He was also full of ideas and suggestions for our presenter Lewis Mason. We had a really enjoyable afternoon meeting George and Lewis has been working extra hard since his visit now he knows in George I have a ready-made replacement for him!”
Watch George live on air!