28th Oct, 2016

Town group seeking new Friends

Evesham Editorial 6th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

KIND-HEARTED Evesham residents are being invited to help a popular local group celebrate its 70th birthday in style by becoming volunteers.

The Friends of Evesham Community Hospital reaches the landmark this year and hopes caring Vale residents will show their support and help their local hospital.

Formed in 1945, the Friends raise money to support the work of the Waterside venue and the group is an integral part of the local community.

Members have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years for not only vital equipment but items to make a patients stay in hospital more comfortable.

Among the items purchased over the years is a ultrasound machine for £78,000 in 2010 which saw the friends obtain £20,000 from the local PCT.

Bilirubin meters for £20,000, a £3,000 defribulator and £1,300 on walking aids are just some of the other purchases made by members in recent years.

Comfy chairs, CD players and even televisions have also been on the shopping list as the friends work closely with staff at the hospital to ensure patients benefit.

The Friends hit the headlines themselves in 2005 when Evesham Community Hospital was threatened with closure.

A staggering 32,000 signatures were collected on a petition and presented to Downing Street and nearly 10 years both the hospital and the friends are still going strong.

Frances Smith, chair of the Friends of Evesham Community Hospital, said: “We hope more people will come forward and become members.

“You can help out as much as you want, from volunteering to help in the shop, rattling a fund-raising tin outside a supermarket

or joining the committee.”

Anyone who wishes to volunteer is invited to call Frances Smith on 01386 443157 or e-mail jhsmith@jhsmith.plus.com for more information.