Milford Hospital League of Friends

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Staff lunch    new garden bench

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. 

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.

Our funds were boosted by just over £1000 thanks to our attendance at Milford and Witley Fairs. We were the nominated charity for this year's 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.

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.

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 the October Farmers Market at Secrett's Farm Shop on 19th October, to coincide with apple day. We are hoping to get support from Waitrose as well. Do look out for us or better still, come along and hold a tin for an hour or so.