Registered Charity 220038
Who are we?
The Friends of Yeovil Hospital began in 1951 as an independent voluntary organisation and registered charity. Over this 65 year period we have raised the equivalent of £10 million for the benefit of our patients, their families and the staff who care for them.
How do we do it?
Bequests and donations from grateful patients and their families, supported by a wide range of fundraising events which are fun to do and all help to raise awareness of our place in the hospital. Regular income comes from The Friends Shop and its Trolley Service.
What do we do with our funds?
We get requests from the medical and nursing staff for medical equipment and amenities for patients not readily available on the NHS. Some of the items we have donated recently include reclining chairs on Jasmine Ward, an x-ray positioning lifting platform, information screens for all wards, two trauma mattresses for the Emergency Department, an ultrasound bladder scanner, two wall-mounted infant resuscitation cabinets and a specialist therapy-trainer exercise bike for rehabilitating patients before they return home. In the period October 2015 to September 2016 we were able to disburse £165,398 on such needs.
The Friends hospital shop
The shop is located on level 3 opposite the main entrance. It has a wide variety of stock, newspapers and magazines, hot and cold drinks, confectionary, toiletries and toys. It is staffed mainly by volunteers and is open daily, Monday to Friday 9am -8pm and weekends 2 pm – 4.30pm and 6pm – 8pm. We also provide a daily newspaper delivery and weekday trolley service to the wards.
In 2016 we are pleased to transfer to the ‘The Friends of Yeovil Hospital’, the profit of £80,000 from the previous years trading. Under the guidance of their committee this sum will be used to purchase equipment for the hospital.
A&E coffee shop
In August 2016 the Coffee Shop in the A&E department came under the umbrella of The Friends Shop. The Coffee Shop is run by volunteers and serves hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks. We are urgently seeking new volunteers to help with this new venture.
How can you help?
Join us! We are always delighted to hear from people who would like to volunteer and become a Friend either to work in The Shop, the Trolley Service or help us with fundraising. We also welcome new committee members.
Or you can donate by downloading and completing The Friends Gift Aid form.
For more information contact:
The Friends of Yeovil Hospital:
Anne Bennett, Chairman, 01935 823271
Margaret Dove, Hon Secretary, 01935 474867
Jill Stevens, Hon Treasurer, 01935 823960
The Friends Shop:
Margaret Spurr, Chairman of The Friends Shop: 01460 241181
Nili Foo, Shop Manager: 01935 384755