Mark is a Hospital Radio veteran with over 40 years worth of radio broadcasting behind him. Originally based at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, Mark served on the committee there in various posts before moving to Devon with his wife, Cathie. Despite having an extensive engineering background, Mark never quite intended to build a radio studio from scratch but we think he's actually done rather a good job! Mark is also responsible for the station's computer system and database which takes a lot of his time. When he's not at the studio, he enjoys dabbling with photography and is a self-proclaimed foodie.
At the age of 14, Cathie joined Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells and quickly settled into presenting a regular 'Magic Moments' show for some years before marrying Mark Burgess and moving to Devon where they both joined another local Hospital Radio station. One of the founding members of Life Care Radio, Cathie holds a Master's Degree in Education and works full time as a Lecturer in Childcare and Education at a local Further Education College. In her spare time, she loves Zumba and doing agility with her two sprocker spaniels, Crumble and Treacle. Although Cathie has an eclectic taste in music, you can usually hear a bit of Country music on her show as she's a qualified line dance instructor.
John, also known as 'the old one' joined broadcasting late in life and after a couple of years with another local hospital radio station, came on board with Life Care as a presenter and fundraiser. Despite being over 90 years old, John enjoys an active lifestyle and actually put together much of the carpentry in our studio, including our rather impressive CD rack in our record library. John can be heard on the radio playing request shows and enjoys a variety of music from strict tempo to musicals, classic to light rock. He loves to be able to give people a mention on air and make people smile. John enjoys cookery and watercolour painting as well as getting out and about with the Life Care Radio gang at fundraising events, including bake sales where the team have put his culinary skills to excellent use.
Matt has lived in Torquay all his life and has been interested in radio from an early age. He likes volunteering with Life Care Radio because it gives back to the community and because he knows that, for some of our listeners, we may be their only point of contact. Matt has volunteered with a number of radio stations across Torbay over the last 10 years and brings with him a wealth of broadcasting experience. He enjoys playing music from different eras as he likes the idea of appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. Matt enjoys driving, socialising with friends and walking on sunny days. He also likes that Life Care Radio is totally different to his day job
Born in 1942, Rosalea moved to Torbay with her husband over 40 years ago and ran successful businesses in the Bay. Now widowed, Rosalea lives with her daughter and two granddaughters and loves reading and painting in acrylics. She likes to do paintings for people of their favourite places and cards to give as special gifts. Rosalea loves talking to people and volunteered with Life Care Radio because she likes the idea of cheering people up and reaching out to them. A request collector and presenter, Rosalea loves knowing that people enjoy her show and particularly enjoys playing requests which she knows can mean a lot to those listening.
Al is a jolly and enthusiastic member of the team who loves drama and performing. His theatrical experience has equipped him with a strong radio voice and his keen interest in all types of music means that he's never stuck for ideas of what to play. Al plays the saxophone and attends Doorstep Youth Theatre. He also studied Taekwondo for several years. Al can often be seen out and about with Life Care Radio and he is always happy to lend a hand. He feels that it is important to give something back to the community and, although he started Life Care Radio to support his work towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, he is thoroughly enjoying the different experiences that being a member of Life Care Radio brings.
Megan has always had an interest in music and feels that Life Care Radio is an experience which allows her to explore, share and learn about different genres of music. She and Al share an interest in Jazz which they hope to explore more through their radio shows on Life Care Radio. Megan has a keen interest in politics and studies A-levels in Government and politics, English Literature and Sociology at Churston Grammar School. She would like to study political science at University. Outside of school and Life Care Radio, Megan has three cats and is involved with Doorstep Youth Theatre.
Michael is one of the founding members of LifeCare Radio and a former member of Torbay Hospital Radio and Tarka Radio in Barnstaple. As an engineer, Michael is often to be found either behind or under a desk, taking something apart to fix it, or very occasionally, actually in front of the mic! He's also frequently part of the Outside Broadcast/Events team, making some combination of Sound and Light Happen (once a techie, always a techie!). He's also involved in promoting STEM to the younger generations, volunteering at the Exeter Fab Lab, and various programming, software and IT projects. When not being a techie-hermit, Michael does like to get outdoors to do some walking, biking or the odd bit of gardening.
Jacqui & Nick Constable
Jacqui and her husband Nick, got involved with Life Care Radio right from the beginning thanks to their family connections with Cathie, Mark and John. Jacqui enjoys organising projects and fundraising as well as compiling and recording the Whats On Guide, a weekly look at what is going on in and around the bay that might be of interest. Jacqui, a learning support assistant, is looking forward to her retirement when she will spend more time crafting, painting and taking care of her elderly collie, Charley
Esme is a kind, confident and focussed young lady. Born with a passion for learning, Esme has an amazing ability to absorb and remember information - this is very apparent especially if she is asked about her beloved sharks. Esme is shark crazy and at 9years old already has a life plan to become a marine biologist and study our toothy friends in various locations around the world.
Esme's other passion is helping others, she has planned and held several charity fundraisers over the past three years - from nail painting to cake stalls - helping several different causes by raising over £4,000.
We are blessed to have Esme collecting requests for LCR as she is first hand bringing joy to our listeners each week.
Louise takes time out of her busy life as a Mum of two and teaching assistant to volunteer for LCR. Along with her daughter Esme, Louise visits our senior friends each week and lists their favourite songs to play on our request show.
Louise is also a registered healer and medium and enjoys writing poetry in her spare time, she has written a whole collection of child friendly stories which she hopes to have published one day. Raising over £8,000 for various charities in the past ten years, Louise is enjoying being a part of the LCR team and looking forward to planning and helping at upcoming events
Colin, like his wife Celia, makes contact with nursing and residential homes, installing units and collecting requests for Life Care Radio. He feels that the work of Life Care is important in helping to entertain people in care homes, especially those with age related illness and dementia, providing music and interests, for example, comedy shows from their earlier years and trips down memory lane. Colin brings to the role a wealth of experience from a number of managerial roles, setting up retail outlets for a major catalogue company, working as a Facilities Manager for a computing company. Both Colin and Celia visit car boot sales, selling bric-a-brac to raise funds for Life Care Radio and can normally be found supporting various fundraising events. He enjoys going to auctions and the theatre
Celia has, in the past, worked for Barnet Council as a craft instructor and keyworker, running a carer's group in their day centre and she has also worked in the Public Health Department. Celia goes with husband Colin to visit care homes where they speak to managers, install radio units and take requests from clients. She feels that it is important, as a volunteer, to put something back into the community. Having worked with the elderly disabled and visually impaired, Celia realises how important music is to these groups and has seen, in her previous jobs, how it can lift people's moods.
Celia is a busy lady and enjoys a variety of hobbies including craft work, knitting, jewellery making and card making and she loves decoupage, parchment craft, iris folding and stamping. She also enjoys reading, gardening and cookery.
David Wilkinson is a retired gentleman living in Torquay with his wife, two dogs, and a noisy parrot! He has previously worked on Hospital radio before he was persuaded to join Life Care. His hobbies include riding a very rare motorcycle, coarse fishing, and playing in a brass band. Currently he is the Chairman and Principal Cornet with Torbay Brass Band who are a very well-known band both here and abroad - as far as the States and Australia. He also
teaches people of all ages to play brass instruments and read music with the Torbay Brass Academy. He has a wide taste of music, obviously brass bands, but also classical, pop, and even, when pushed - country and western
Andy is from Brixham and enjoys singing and writing music. A wheelchair user because of a muscle condition, Andy is able to drive and get about and likes interviewing people and preparing audio bytes for use on Life Care Radio. Andy enjoys volunteering as he gets to meet new people and learn more about working at the radio station. As he's been performing music for many years and studied at degree level, he has a variety of technical and practical skills that we put to good use here at Life Care Radio
Dave Burlace (Batman)
Music has always been a part of Dave's life and he has been on various radio stations for over 40 years, sharing music of all genres from classical to rock. Dave believes that volunteering not only allows him to give back to the community but also that it allows him to share the emotions and happiness that music can bring. Outside of radio, Dave is a paranormal investigator with Haunted Devon. A Batman enthusiast, he often brings his unique (often batman themed) costumes to our fundraising and public events.
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