Louise (Lou to her friends) spent some time in hospital a while ago, but was tucked away in a side room and never even knew that Hospital Radio existed! When she did find out about it she decided to get involved to make others’ experiences a bit less lonely and boring than hers had been. So she volunteered her services to HRR and joined the team on Saturday Lunchtime Requests (or “Music While You Munch” as we like to call it!) in the autumn of 2011.
When not at HRR Louise works for a company which both organises and runs academic conferences around the world and publishes textbooks. Working in both the publishing department and on the day conference team, she enjoys the variety of work and the travel opportunities. And, as if that and serving on HRR’s Committee doesn’t keep her busy enough, she also spends a lot of her free time keeping active, running and playing netball for the Henley Honeys.
She remembers her earliest musical memories. “As a child my Mum would always have capital FM on in the car – she liked to think she was still a Londoner in the middle of the South Oxfordshire countryside – and we listened to Chris Tarrant. The Spice Girls were very important to me and my Grandad. He would buy me all of their singles on tape. Viva Forever was our favourite”. The first record she remembers buying was a Steps album – also on tape – and these days Louise enjoys lots of different music including 80s/90s pop hits, contemporary pop and indie rock music. And she admits “My guilty pleasure is that I am a pop culture fiend… If you want to know about #selfies or the Kardashians I am the girl for you!”
If you don’t get the chance to hear Louise during your stay in the Royal Berkshire Hospital it could be that she’s off travelling somewhere – and not necessarily with her work : “I caught the travel bug some time ago and there are so many places I would like to visit. I would love to go to Rio for Carnival and take some Samba lessons at the same time!”