What we do
The League of friends supports the work of the hospital, through hands-on practical work and fund- raising to provide comforts and facilities for patients in order to make their stay in hospital as pleasant as possible.
Fund-raising is achieved through street collections, stalls at fetes, social events and through legacies and donations. Over the past few years, most of our income has been raised through street collections, fetes and social events and thanks are due to our hard working committee and supporters including, Godalming GOLO, Sainsburys Godalming, Rawlinsons Garden supplies, The Toy Box, Amy Lou’s Greengrocery,The Bandstand Group, Milford Horticutural Society, Godalming Woolsack Rotarians, Waitrose and many others.
Our patients are elderly, many of whom are without the benefit of family and friends. This gives our work an added importance not only in providing physical comforts but helping to make patients feel valued members of the community and not forgotten. In this context the social functions organised by the LOF are of particular value to patients.Our activities for the patients over the Christmas period include; a carol concert, an afternoon of musical entertainment and the giving of a present to each patient.
A staff lunch is also held as a thank you to staff and volunteers. During the year, we hold regular church services and an annual summer garden party with entertainment. Our most visible role as far as the patients are concerned are the regular arrival of the toiletries and confectionary trolley which now has a few newspapers as well and the weekly library trolley, both manned by our volunteers.
We purchase outright or make a contribution to the purchase of items for the benefit of patients.
The LOF maintain the patient's garden.
Committee meetings are held February, March (AGM), May, July, August, September, November and December.
We were honoured during 2010 to receive a Highly Recommended award from Surrey Community Health.