Milford Hospital League of Friends

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Staff lunch  Hospital Garden new garden bench

2014 AGM
Our AGM was held on Friday March 14th in the presence of the Mayor of Waverley, the Deputy Mayor of Godalming and the Chairman of Busbridge Parish Council. The acting community matron reported on hospital news including the successful Care Quality Commission report last November, the introduction of welcome packs with basic toiletries and other useful items and an information book given to all new patients and the introduction of a safe slipper scheme whereby patients with ill-fitting footwear which risk falls have the opportunity to buy well designed slippers at a low price. The hospital has an energised feel about it and has more initiatives planned for the coming   year. The guest speaker was Dr Harry Boothby who is a consultant psychiatrist with the Community Mental Health Care Team for Older Patients. He pointed out that old age should be 'de-dementa-ised' with other conditions such as depression recognised as more common, and that memory tests should not be the sole criterion of dementia. Most patients presenting with memory loss are still fully functional in other respects: those who don't recognise their problems are those who may be suffering from dementia. Those present took great reassurance from his talk! Anyone wanting to join the friends can do so for £5 following any of the 'join us' links on this website. The Friends are still looking for more volunteers to join either as additional help at fund raising activities or to join the committee and spread the load a bit.

Our popular quiz night will be held at the Wilfred Noyce Centre in Godalming on Friday 9th May 2014 but in a new format. The £10 ticket will include a Ploughman's Supper and we have a new quiz master. As usual it is bring your own drinks and there will be a raffle. Tickets, preferably for tables of 6 but also available singly, are available from Jacqui on 01428653905.  Do come and support us in a fun evening.

The annual 'thank you' lunch for staff and volunteers was very well attended  on Tuesday 10 December 2013. Patients and visitors appreciated the carol concert for  on Thursday 19th December and our thanks go to the church choir for leading the singing. Every in-patient received a League of Friends inscribed mug on Christmas Day. The hospital coped very well with the disruption to power supplies over the Christmas period.

This year we are hoping to beat last year's store collections total of just over £1000. So far we are booked to collect at Sainsbury's on Saturday 27th September and at teh October Farmers Market at Secrett's Farm Shop on 19th October, to coincide with apple day. We are hoping to get support from Waitrose and Squire's as well. Do look out for us or better still, come along and hold a tin for an hour or so.

The Friends Garden Party for patients, visitors and volunteers was held on 22 August 2013, on a lovely sunny afternoon. Most patients came out, with their visitors, and enjoyed the entertainment provided by the singer and her accompanist from 'Music in Hospitals'. As ever, Suren and his kitchen staff prepared a wonderful selection of yummy cakes that were very popular, as were the strawberries kindly donated by Harry Hall at Tuesley Farm. It was very nice to see a former patient who, having been at last year's party, came back with his family specially for this year's, mainly for the cakes!