Zoe Ball our new patron.

Updated: Oct 29, 2019


Mid-Downs Radio presenter Paul Halliday met Zoe Ball at the finals of the ‘500 Words’ competition at Windsor Castle where Paul was with his daughter Emily.

Zoe, the popular BBC ‘Breakfast Show’ presenter on Radio 2 and local Mid-Sussex resident, has recently agreed to become Mid-Downs Radio’s new patron.

Mid-Downs Radio operates from the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and provides a 24 hour all year round service of entertainment and information for the patients, staff and visitors to the hospital as well as to the wider Mid-Sussex community via the 1350 AM and Internet streaming service via the MDR website and the TuneIn app. It has recently been rated with five stars on several radio station websites.


Mid-Downs Radio is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and is a registered charity.

Zoe said that her acceptance of the patron’s role was a ‘perfect fit’ in recognition of the role that hospital radio continues to play in giving young people, who would like to follow a career in broadcasting, their first experience.  MDR has a sound record over 40 years for presenters who have gone on to have successful careers both in commercial radio and the BBC.


Mid-Downs Radio welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities.  Further details on how to join can be found in our website.

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