Total value of gifts over the years 2000/2001 to August 2012 amounts to £72,707.
In addition to the items shown on the link many other items of equipment and aids to patients have been provided over the years of which a major project involved the commissioning and ongoing maintenance of the patients' garden and ornamental fountain. The cost of this was in excess of £20,000 raised through LOF fundraising and through generous donations by outside bodies. The garden has become a favourite place for patients, visitors and staff to relax and enjoy the fresh air in a secure environment.
The garden was funded and created around 1990 under the leadership of the then Vice- Chairman Sir David Scott.
The LOF continue to maintain the garden and hold the annual garden party there.
AGM MARCH 22nd 2013
At this year's AGM, Friends heard that the League was in a satisfactory financial position. Amongst the gifts to the hospital in the past year had been electronic aids for the Speech and Language therapists, newspapers for the Occupational Therapists as part of their work getting patients accustomed to the outside world again, and a doubling of the amount of aromatherapy available to patients. The Chairman again appealed to those present to consider helping the hard stretched committee at fund raising events such as store collections and manning stalls at fairs.
The guest speaker was Bart Johnson, the CEO of Virgin Care. He praised the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff and the work of the League of Friends, saying that providing a more home like atmosphere in hospital was fundamental both to the rehabilitation of patients and to the ethos of Virgin Care. To that end, he had ensured that there were sufficient TVs in the hospital last summer for all patients to watch the national celebrations. Virgin Care aims to continually improve the level of care provided and the hospital experience of patients. His aim is that the level of care is what he would want for his own nearest and dearest. Virgin Care had also worked with NHS Surrey to invest in the infrastructure and substantial building repairs had been undertaken. He said that community hospitals were essential to keeping elderly patients out of acute hospitals. Quality and safety were of paramount concern and were under constant scrutiny at Board level. Although being part of the Virgin group had many advantages, it also was a great responsibility as should anything go wrong, not only was the future of Virgin Care at risk but also the reputation of the whole Virgin brand.
He expected that the demonstrable improvements in patient care and services delivered over the next 4 years would put Virgin Care in a strong position to re-gain the contract when it was next tendered. He thanked the League for giving him the opportunity to speak and looked forward to a long and productive relationship.
VILLAGE FAIRS 2013
The League of Friends had a book stall at Milford Village Fete on Saturday June 8 and at Witley Fair on June 22nd. The fairs are a good opportunity to come and learn more about the work of the League. Thank you to all who helped us raise nearly £100 at Milford and £52.50 at Witley from book sales and a further £75 from our share of the Witley Grand Draw tickets that we sold.
FAMOUS FACES AT MILFORD HOSPITAL, June 1st 2013
Patients, staff and Friends joined members of the British Comedy Association to watch Paul Merton unveil a commemorative plaque to the comedy script writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Best known for the scripts for Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, Galton and Simpson met as 18 year olds in Milford Hospital in 1948, both suffering from TB. A fellow patient was an electrician and radio enthusiast and installed 'Radio Milford' to every bed in the Sanatorium. Galton and Simpson started writing comedy scripts for it and their friendship and collaboration continued after they both left. Guests were treated to many recollections of their time in hospital during a question and answer session held after lunch at the Refectory, Milford. They both emphasised what a happy caring place it was, with the emphasis on being as much like home for the patients as their strict medical regimes would allow. Ray Galton was in the hospital for 4years, but other patients had even longer stays, some as long as 12 years or more.The Friends of Milford Hospital provided a display of photos, maps, plans and other items from the County TB Sanatorium and subsequent periods of the hospital's history, first as the Chest Hospital (merged on the Milford site with King George V) and since 1980, as an elderly rehabilitation unit and day centre.
REFURBISHMENT OF GARDEN FURNITURE
The fixed bench seats in the courtyard garden have been replaced. Some new furniture has also been provided, made from recycled plastic.