Coventry Hospital Radio has this week become the first radio station nationally to broadcast ‘Hymns We Love’, the content is part of the Church of England’s DailyHOPE phone service, setup to provide Christian services to people’s homes while church buildings are closed during the coronavirus response.

Coventry Hospital Radio, which is run by a team of dedicated volunteers based at University Hospital Coventry, provides a vital service to inpatients and online to keep listeners entertained and up to date is playing it every weekday from 8:30 until 9:00.

Supported by the University Hospital’s Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Chaplaincy Service, the radio station is proud to be the first nationally to use the content within their schedule and believe it will enable more people to access to this service when they are in hospital.

‘Hymns We Love’ forms part of DailyHOPE, a free national phone line setup by The Church of England as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes when they are unable to access Church settings.

DailyHOPE offers hymns, prayers and reflections as well as full services from the Church of England over the phone 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that two and a half million people aged 75 and over have never used the internet and are therefore unable to access church services and prayer groups currently being run online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The new phone service also recognises the impact of social distancing restrictions and self-isolation measures on those suffering from loneliness.

Most Rev’d & Rt Hon. Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury said of the service: “With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.”

“I want to urge people to spread the news about this service. If there is someone you know who is particularly struggling, give them a call and let them know about the Daily Hope. I’m going to phone a friend; will you join me?”

“Daily Hope has been a lifeline for tens of thousands of people in the last few months. We’ve heard stories of people using it who are regular church attenders and those who aren’t.”