Praise 87.9 bids farewell to Radio Doctor Andy Shillingford. From left, Praise’s Manager Dwayne Euter, Conference staffer Opal Maraugh, Cancer Society’s Project Coordinator Victoria Gray, Dr. Shillingford, and Conference Executive Secretary Pastor Reinaldo Dracket.

Praise 87.9 radio station took a moment on Wednesday (19 July) to wish Radio Doctor Andy Shillingford well as he departs Cayman for his next tour of service, this time in the UK where he will join the British National Health Service.

As a token of appreciation, Conference Executive Secretary Pastor Reinaldo Dracket presented a plaque to Dr. Shillinford in recognition of his four years’ service to the Conference’s radio station.

“Your service as radio doctor has enriched lives,” Pastor Dracket said, thanking him on behalf of the Conference and the community at large and wishing him well for the future.

Dr. Shillingford served on the popular once weekly “Doctor’s Orders,” programme since 2013, and departs tomorrow (20 July) for the UK. His wife Mrs. Angeline Shillingford served for several years as the president of Cayman Academy’s Home School Association (HSA). Dr. Shillingford leaves Cayman after eleven years’ service with the Health Services Authority.

“It’s been a good eleven years,” he said. “I have enjoyed the community and the people and I am going to miss Cayman.” Of his role on Doctor’s Orders, he said: “It has been fun,” adding: “I have enjoyed working with Dwayne”, the host for the programme and the station’s manager.

Giving his personal thanks, Manager Dwayne Euter, said: “Dr. Andy is not just a great and caring doctor but he was also an excellent co-host.”

Mr. Euter thanked Dr. Shillingford for his years of committed and stellar service to Praise 87.9 fm. “Wednesday mornings will not be the same on this station without him. I wish for him and his family all the best as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.”

Mr. Euter said that the programme will be continuing and the new co-host is to be announced soon.

As a testament to Dr. Shillingford’s effectiveness, during his last show on Wednesday a number of listeners called in to express appreciation. Among them was Cancer Society’s Project Coordinator Victoria Gray, who said that Dr. Shillingford had been “brought into the fold of the Cancer Society because of his role on the Doctor’s Orders show.” Ms Gray said he served as the medical director for the Cancer Society and chaired its Education Committee.

“For just over a year he was able to make a huge impact on the community through our educational meetings. Our patients and staff will miss him tremendously,” Ms Gray added.

Mr. Euter also presented a letter of appreciation to Dr. Shillingford on behalf of the President of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, Pastor Shion O’Connor, who is travelling on church business.

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