For half a century volunteers have been keeping patients and staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital entertained through their radio station.

And earlier this month they got to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the best way they know how, with a mammoth show.

Radio Marsden is the hospital radio station that broadcasts to the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in Sutton and Chelsea.

The team of volunteers at the registered charity marked the occasion by doing back to back live shows adding up to 50 hours.

During the anniversary celebrations, Dave Goodings a radio presenter from Capital FM returned to his roots to host a show on Radio Marsden playing the latest music for the kids ward.

He said: "I believe I was around the age of 17 when I joined.

"Radio Marsden soon became so much more than just doing a radio show.

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"On a weekly basis I witnessed how asking for a patients favourite song could spark up a conversation and hopefully take their mind off the treatment they're going through.

"I have been really lucky to go onto make a career out of radio but Radio Marsden is still a very close charity to my heart and always an honour to get invited back."

Some of Mr Goodings' highlights while at the hospital radio station included interviewing Little Mix and Caroline Flack, breaking a Guinness world record for the longest ever underwater radio broadcast and appearing on channel 4's Deal or No Deal in 2012 making a £5,000 donation to the hospital radio station.

The station is completely self funded by events throughout the year and donations from the public. Radio Marsden has a team of around 30 volunteers that do a request show seven days a week. The patients have a chance to choose a song and hear their name announced on the radio.