The new League of Friends shop sells handmade confectionery, chocolate, fudge, locally produced ice cream and will become an outlet for products made by patients working in the Wessex Rehabilitation Centre.
The shops were built as part of the redevelopment of the Salisbury District Hospital Main Entrance and are open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Both shops are staffed by volunteers, with all proceeds going to support additional patient care at Salisbury District Hospital.
George Todd, Chairman of the League of Friends said: “It seems so appropriate that the two hospital fundraising charities should be side by side in the main reception. The League of Friends and the Stars Appeal are most grateful to Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust for funding the redevelopment which enabled this project to go ahead.”
The League of Friends has supported the hospital since 1954, providing funding for a wide range of amenities for patients and relatives. This includes equipment and furniture and improvements to facilities. The League also funded two purpose built bungalows at Salisbury District Hospital that provides overnight accommodation for relatives who need to stay on site.
The Stars Appeal has raised money towards a number of projects that make a difference for local people. This includes the new Children’s Unit, Neonatal Unit and Cardiac Suite. The Stars Appeal is now raising money to build a therapeutic garden for cancer and stroke patients, provide state-of-the-art heated cots for the Neonatal Unit and improving care for teenagers and young adults on the Pembroke Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit.
Mr Todd said: “The new shops are excellent, and together provide an opportunity for people to buy a range of products and support the hospital at the same time. We would especially like to thank Rosemary Squires for honouring us by officially opening the League of Friends and Stars Appeal shops.”
The League of Friends is looking for more volunteers to work in the shop. People interested should contact 01722 336262. Extension: 4543.
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust,
Tel: 01722 425170.