Hospital Radio Plymouth volunteers are celebrating after the charity was crowned HBA Station of the Year at the 2014 National Hospital Radio Awards.

It's the fourth time in seven years that the station has taken hospitalbroadcasting's most prestigious title.

This year's judging panel included professional broadcasters and seniorhealthcare figures.

The judges described HRP as "in a league of its own" and "a credit tohospital broadcasting."

The panel was particularly impressed with the array of community eventscovered by the station enabling listeners to still feel part of communitylife despite being laid up in hospital.

The judges also said the station's engagement with listeners on the wards"is second to none" and that it is "the ultimate local, community radio -that community clearly being the hospital."

The National Hospital Radio Awards are held annually by the HospitalBroadcasting Association to showcase the work done by the manyhospital radio stations throughout the UK. Over 200 member stations areeligible to enter the awards and the Station of the Year title is hotlycontested.

HRP Station Manager, Andrew Hill, said, "To be described as in a league of  your own by radio professionals and leading healthcare figures is quitesomething. I am immensely proud of our team of volunteers who consistantly deliver such a diverse range of engaging programmes for our audience to enjoy. To get this award for the fourth time in seven years is a
tremendous achievement."

It was a night of double celebrations as Andrew himself received the bronze award for Male Presenter of the Year. The judges said they wereimpressed with the sheer variety of on air things Andrew had done.

HRP provides a 24-hour-a-day service 365 days a year and this is delivered by a team of approximately 60 entirely unpaid volunteers. The station is a registered charity and survives financially on a combination of volunteers' own fundraising efforts, public donations and discretionary grants.

More details on the National Hospital Radio Awards and audio copies of the various winning entries can be heard at www.hbauk.com/?page=5&sel=1