Current & Recent Activites
COFFEE SHOP OUTSIDE SEATING AREA
Work has been going on for several months to create an outside seating area by the coffee shop. New paving, a restored trellis and new planting are underway and completion is expected soon. Once again the Community Payback Scheme has provided the muscle power.
Amazingly, our annual summer garden party on August 21st was held in glorious sunshine! A record number of visitors and patients enjoyed a delicious selection of cakes and strawberries with cream. Our preferred musician from Music in Hospitals, Serguei Pachnine, once again delighted his audience with his songs and accordion accompaniment. Our grateful thanks to Hotel Services for the cakes and to Hall Hunter for the strawberries - which are already promised for next year!
Once again our emblazoned gazebo was in evidence at both Milford and Witley fairs in June. These fairs provide a valuable opportunity to publicise the League of Friends and the Hospital itself. There are still some around who think it was closed! We sold books at both events, raising £138 at Milford and £93 at Witley, where rain limited interest for a while! (We were glad of the gazebo walls and solid shelter). As usual we sold grand draw tickets for Witley Fair, from which we receive a share of the proceeds. The hospital staff were very supportive of this helping us sell lots of tickets from which we got £239. In all we raised over £470 from the fairs.
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 already booked for May and September 2016. Many customers appreciated our selection of allergy aware cakes which catered for many different diets.
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
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.
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.