As the League of Friends of Salisbury Hospital celebrates over 60 years of supporting healthcare in the city, the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Board and Governors will mark their considerable contribution and achievements over the years at a special gathering on February 23.
Since it was founded in 1954, the League of Friends has raised over £2 million - significantly more in today’s money, which has helped provide excellent new facilities and vital new equipment that supports hospital services.
In the 1980s, £58,000 was donated by the League of Friends to give all new wards top of the range specialist high/low baths. They also funded and built two bungalows at the hospital that have provided much needed short stay accommodation for relatives of patients admitted to hospital in an emergency or who live a long distance away from Salisbury.
Other projects cover a wide range of facilities and equipment including additional funding for a dedicated obstetric theatre, vascular unit and maternity services, as well as support for the Stars Appeal’s major fundraising campaigns such as the keyhole surgery theatre and CT scanner campaign.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “Over the last 60 years the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends has provided invaluable support to local healthcare, from the early days when services were spread across the city, to today where the focus is on Salisbury District Hospital. It’s hard to put into words the enormous contribution they have made since 1954, such is the support they have given to the hospital, our patients, their relatives and carers over the years. This gathering is one small way of marking their considerable achievements and thanking them for their commitment and dedication to the local community and our hospital.”
David Stratton, Chairman of The League of Friends of Salisbury Hospital, said: “The League of Friends is proud that, as a voluntary organisation, it has, for the past 60 years, been able to offer support and provide funding for the hospital to obtain much needed facilities and equipment to help ensure that patients, relatives and carers can benefit from the best possible healthcare. We look forward to continuing and building on the long-standing relationship which exists between us. Here’s to the next 60 years!”
The League of Friends is currently refurbishing the bungalows on the Salisbury District Hospital site. For further details about how local people can help support these improvements by making a donation to the League of Friends, please contact the Chairman of the League of Friends, David Stratton, by telephone (01722 329720), or write to him c/o The League of Friends’ Shop, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury, SP2 8BJ email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: http://www.leagueoffriends.salisbury.nhs.uk/