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Diamond year for Trust charities

Published 12/07/2016

A TRIO of charities which raise money for Derby’s hospitals have marked a diamond milestone.

The Leagues of Friends which support London Road Community Hospital, the Royal Derby Hospital and Derbyshire Children’s Hospital have all celebrated 60 years of fund-raising and supporting the services run by the Trust.

The groups joined together for a huge party to celebrate and reflect on the help they have provided for the hospitals over the years – including raising £2 million in the last 10 years alone.

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so fortunate to be so well supported by our volunteers of every type. It’s fantastic to see our community giving so much to support the work we do. Without them, we would not be able to provide the care we do for our patients.”

The Friends groups run tea bars and shops across all three of the hospitals, in much the same way they have since the 1950s. All profits go to purchase equipment for each of the hospitals.

Geoff Salt, Chairman of the Children’s League of Friends, said: “We’ve been involved in many different projects, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We provided Maltesers for one of the physiotherapists who had trouble with little ones trying to swallow the marbles she had been using, and tubes of bubbles for children who have breathing difficulties.  We’ve also bought equipment for various departments, including a piece of equipment for audiology which was the first of its kind.”

Geoff is one of many volunteers who has supported the Trust for several decades. He described his team as ‘part of the family’ in the Children’s Hospital. Many of the Friends came with the Children’s Hospital when it was moved to its current home from North Street 20 years ago.

There are more than 300 active volunteers working with the Leagues of Friends, who work to provide services and raise funds for the Trust.

John Archer, Chairman of the Royal Derby Hospital League of Friends, said: “It’s demanding, but rewarding. I’m proud to have a team who work so hard to achieve results so we can buy equipment for our wonderful hospital.”

Last Modified 12/07/2016