Due to the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020 the activities below are all from 2019 and are there as a flavour of what a normal years activities would be like.
Concert in aid of LoF
A piano recital will be held in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley, on Saturday April 18th when the voluntary retiring collection will go to the League of Friends. Tickets are £10 and available on the door.
Find us this summer
The LoF will be having a stall at the new Witley fair, Witstock, on Saturday 16th May. You can also find us on Saturday 13th June at Milford Fair and on Sunday 21st June running the tea tent at the Farmers’ market at Secrett’s. DO come and talk to us, find out what we do, and support us.
Tovertafel at last!
The magic table that projects interactive images onto a table is finally in use and proving very popular with patients and staff. Representatives of Guildford Lions came to the hospital in February to present a cheque towards the software.They enjoyed playing the games at a demonstration in which they were joined by Matron Kelly and the President of the League of Friends.
Christmas 2019 for staff and patients
The curry lunch for staff had to be postponed until Friday 17th April. We were delighted to welcome several members of the choir from St John’s Church in Milford to the carol service held on December 13th. As usual, the LoF provided a present to every in-patient on Christmas Day, boxes of biscuits to the staff in all departments and wine, sherry or sparkling fruit juice for patients on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day
2018-19 AGM: Friday 20 September 2019
The AGM was held on 20th September. Our main speaker was Jane Fagan, the Associate Director of Adult Community Health Services for the RSCH Trust. She described the changes in the service following the £9mn investment in community services and what that means for Milford Hospital. Her best piece of news was that any plan to close the X-Ray unit has been scrapped. With the new functions and teams at the hospital, there will be growing demand for imaging diagnostics. A full report of Jane’s talk can be accessed here. The unconfirmed minutes from this AGM can be found here.
September Farmers’ Market: Sunday 15th September 2019
The League ran a very successful tea stall at the farmers’ market held at Secrett’s. We raised £156, an excellent result.
Waitrose Community Matters Charity
We were one of the Community Matters charities in Godalming Waitrose in August and received a cheque for £500 as a result of getting the most tokens. Many thanks to our supporters.
Our summer garden party took place on Friday August 30th in glorious sunshine. Patients, their visitors and staff enjoyed the delicious selection of cakes provided by the hospital kitchen staff and the strawberries provided by Hall Hunter at Tuesley Farm. The musical entertainment, provided by accordionist and singer Serguei Pachinine from Music for Hospitals and Care, was very popular. The audience joined in by singing or playing a percussion instrument brought by Serge. The new garden tables were admired and found to be just the right height, size and weight.
We attended both Milford and Witley Village Fairs on two wet and windy June Saturdays. We had a newsletter about the hospital and the LoF to hand to the customers at our bric a brac stall. We raised £50 at Milford, £47.24 at Witley and a further £162 from our share of Witley Grand Draw tickets, several of which proved to be winners.
Charity tea tent
We ran the charity tea tent at Milford Farmers’ Market at Secrett’s on May 19th. Although it was a better day than sometimes, footfall was light and our takings were down, but we still raised £110.45
Although our collecting tins are no longer at the tills in the CoOp, the store is still very supportive and provides us with the daily papers to take round with the library trolley on a sale or return basis. This is much appreciated by patients.
2018 AGM – JUNE 22nd
Due to the change in service providers from Virgin Care to a consortium of GPs with the Royal Surrey, our AGM was postponed until June. Giles Mahoney, director of strategy and partnership for the new trust, explained the plans for community services in the Guildford and Waverley areas and where Milford Hospital fits into the overall plan. A summary of his report can be read here. A decision about the distribution of beds will be made by a clinician-led review in July. The confirmed minutes of the AGM can be read here