DJ Keith ‘lifted ev­ery­one’s spir­its’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who spent two decades cheer­ing up pa­tients at North­wick Park Hospi­tal as a vol­un­teer with its ra­dio ser­vice.

Keith Chil­vers, who died of can­cer on Sun­day, aged 58, was also a trustee and co­founder of Ra­dio Har­row.

He started his ra­dio ca­reer at Ra­dio North­wick Park in 1989 and be­came a linch­pin within the or­gan­i­sa­tion, serv­ing on the trustee board in mul­ti­ple roles in­clud­ing trea­surer and chair­man (the lat­ter of which he held for over six years).

On his de­par­ture he formed Har­row Com­mu­nity Ra­dio, to help fur­ther serve the com­mu­nity and give lo­cal peo­ple a voice.

Over the past 26 years he also vol­un­teered for other com­mu­nity-based sta­tions and worked pro­fes­sion­ally for a cou­ple of com­mer­cial sta­tions as well as a sports pre­sen­ter at the BBC.

In 2015, he was cen­tral to bring­ing Ra­dio North­wick Park and Har­row Com­mu­nity Ra­dio to­gether to form Ra­dio Har­row, a larger com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion and reg­is­tered char­ity that brings to­gether the ethos of both or­gan­i­sa­tions to serve and help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

A high point in Keith’s life and ca­reer came when he was pre­sented to Her Majesty The Queen dur­ing the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee in 2012 and was pre­sented with the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion award at the Har­row He­roes award cer­e­mony in 2014.

His friend and sta­tion co-founder Matt Blank said: “Keith will be sorely missed by ev­ery­one who knew him.

“There’s not many peo­ple who can lift the spir­its of ev­ery­one they meet, but Keith was one of them.

“A f f e c t i o n a t e l y known as ‘Cud­dly Keith’, his ex­u­ber­ance and pas­sion for every­thing he did was al­ways present. Though he bat­tled can­cer for three years, he did not let that de­fine him. His pos­i­tive out­look was incredible.

“His own doc­tors de­scribed him as a ‘Rasta­far­ian pa­tient’ due to how calm he al­ways was. His strength since his di­ag­no­sis in 2012 was amaz­ing and he threw him­self into pro­mot­ing bet­ter recog­ni­tion for bowel can­cer and main­tained his work as a trustee when many might have stepped back.”

Keith him­self re­cently said: “I’ve never made a se­cret to any­one that I was di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

“Work­ing on the ra­dio project has al­ways been a wel­come dis­trac­tion and it helps me fight the bat­tle and I hope shows oth­ers what can be achieved.”

He leaves be­hind a legacy in the ra­dio sta­tion which con­tin­ues his mem­ory.

Keith, who lived in Har­row, is sur­vived by his wife of seven years, Kim, and three step­daugh­ters.


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