Thank you to our Friends

Thank you to our Friends

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Our hospitals are supported by three Friends groups which have made donations worth thousands of pounds over the past year.

The Friends of Peterborough Hospital supported the hospital with donations worth more than £12,000 throughout 2018.

They donated two state-of-the-art touch screen systems to the hospital’s dementia-friendly wards which offer patients a range of activities such as jigsaw puzzles, painting, a library of historic photos, and old and new films to watch. Other donations included a Veinplicity medical device to aid staff when inserting cannulas, two trolleys, children’s books for the Bereavement Care Centre and a DAB radio for the fracture clinic.

The charity has supported Peterborough’s hospitals for nearly 70 years and raise money over the course of the year. They have a permanent shop in the Main Atrium in the Hospital and provide a refreshment and newspaper trolley service to the wards and departments. There are also charity boxes for donations in the shop and WH Smiths.

Susan Mahmoud, Chairman of the Friends of Peterborough Hospital, said, “Our aim is to provide additional equipment and goods which improve the experience of patients and staff in our hospital. We are always happy to receive requests and suggestions for fundraising events.”

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Friends Shop Manager

Bo Turner on 01733 673385 or email nwangliaft.peterboroughfriends@nhs.net.

In the past year, the Friends in Hinchingbrooke has made donations to the hospital worth more than £17,000. This includes funding arm and hand massage training for volunteers, wheelchairs, a specialist paediatric eye refractor and crockery for the dementia ward.

Patricia Butcher, Chairman of the Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said, “The aims of the Friends is to provide a link between the hospital and the community it serves, and to raise funds to supplement the services the hospital provides.

“This year our fundraising included a Strawberry Tea, annual raffle and draw, quiz night and seasonal stall. We also were supported by Gwenda Cards and the Rotary Clubs in Huntingdon.”

Patients visiting Stamford Hospital have benefitted from donations made by the Friends of Stamford Hospital including pictures in the John Van Geest Ward and teaching models for the gastrointestinal clinics.

Trust Chairman Rob Hughes said, “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Friends at our hospitals. Thanks to their fundraising throughout the year, they have made donations and volunteered time which has enhanced the experience of patients and carers using our services.”