Current & Recent Activites
CONCERT BY RUSHMOOR MALE VOICE CHOIR
The award winning Rushmoor Male Voice Choir performed a very enjoyable concert on May 9th at 7.30 in aid of the League of Friends. It was a pity more people didn't attend but with the raffle we still managed to raise £360
TEA TENT AT FARMERS' MARKET -May 17th
Running the charity tea tent at the farmers' market was a lot of fun. We started with an enormous selection of delicious looking cakes which we never thought would all sell but there weren't many left at the end! We raised £250, a truly magnificent result. A dry and fairly sunny day helped and we are almost certainly going to repeat this as a fund raiser. Many customers appreciated our selection of allergy aware cakes which catered for many different diets.
Our AGM was held on 20th March at the Hospital. The community matron reported on hospital news and explained the ways in which patient flows through from acute admission to returning home were being improved across Guildford and Waverley through the Care Commissioning Groups, between the Royal Surrey and Milford and in-house between the rapid response team and the wards. Other introductions in the past year include Age UK who now run a weekly Befriending Service which includes a reminiscents group and a 'Pets as Therapy' dog. The head of the rapid response team explained further about the work of her multi-discipline staff whose primary aim is to prevent emergency hospital aadmissions. They can implement short term care packages whilst long term arrangements are put in place. For those who do get admitted, the rapid response team can also be involved in post-discharge care. Members found the talk very illuminating and other departments will be asked to speak at future AGMs to broaden our understanding of what is involved in the broad spectrum of patient care. The League's Chairman reported on its activities in the past year, the focus having been on the refurbishment of the courtyard garden which was very successful and is much appreciated.
STORE COLLECTIONS IN 2014/January 2015
Our store collectios at Sainsbury's in September and at Secrett's Farm Shop for the October Farmers' Market raised just over £400. Our thanks to those who collected and those who contributed. This amount was doubled in January when we were one of Waitrose's community charities in their Godalming store.
CHRISTMAS AT MILFORD
The carol concert in December was much appreciated by patients and visitors, as were the mince pies afterwards. Our thanks to St John's choir for leading the singing and to Margaret Jago for playing the accompaniment. The League held its annual thank you lunch for staff and the volunteers and presents were distributed to the in-patients on Christmas Day
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY, 2014
The restored garden provided the perfect backdrop for this year's very successful garden party. Patients, their families and friends, staff and volunteers enjoyed excellent musical entertainment provided by a singer/accordionist from Music in Hospitals, Serguei Pachnine followed by delicious cakes and strawberries and cream on a lovely sunny afternoon. The League is very grateful for the support provided by the hospital's Hotel Services for the party, particularly for the range of cakes, and also to Hall Hunter for donating the strawberries.
COURTYARD GARDEN RESTORED
Thanks to a workforce from the Probation Service Community Payback Scheme, and a donation from Milford Horticultural Society for new plants, the courtyard garden has been restored. Old straggly plants have been removed and the new planting has restored the garden to its original concept as a sensory garden. The fountain has beenbe replaced by a trickling water globe that is a very eye catching feature. The new appearance of the garden has attracted much appreciative comment from patients and staff, helped of course by the lovely recent sunshine. We have welcomed the Payback Scheme back again in May to improve the area outside the coffee shop.
BRILLIANT RESULT FROM LOCAL FAIRS
Our funds were boosted by just over £1000 thanks to our attendance at Milford and Witley Fairs. We were the nominated charity for the 2014 Grand Draw at Witley Fair which meant we received a third from all ticket sales. We received a cheque for £620 from the fair committee and a further £196 as our share from our own ticket sales. We also raised over £200 from our book stalls at Milford and Witley Village Fairs -a record. The money has already been spent on the fountain, cushions, umbrellas and stands for the garden. We will be at Milford Fair on June 13th 2015 and at Witley on 20 June 2015, again with books. Tickets for the Grand Draw at Witley are on sale through the Hospital or members of the Committee.