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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREEN TOKENS
Waitrose Supermarket has donated to The League of Friends money from a collection through their Green Tokens system.
Waitrose, Rye Road, Hawkhurst very kindly donated the sum of £137.00 to The League of Friends, collected through their Local Charity Money for Good Causes system with the Green Tokens handed to their customers after shopping in Waitrose.
We at the League of Friends Hawkhurst Community Hospital are extremely grateful to all those Waitrose customers. We will ensure that this money will be used for a Community Health Project. If anyone has any suggestions for such a project please contact The League of Friends at the Hawkhurst Community Hospital.
Thanks once again Waitrose.
League of Friends
STOP PRESS; CHRISTMAS 2016
Santa Claus visited the Green Shop in Hawkhurst.
This is a genuine story: a few days before Xmas a gentleman came into the shop and eventually spent over £800.00. A children’s Charity in the North had taken over a new shop and he was to appear as Santa Claus and hand out presents to the children. The shop would then open as a Charity Shop BUT they had no stock so he had chosen our shop to provide the start-up stock for their shop. I hope they do well. Needless to say we were delighted with the extra sales, remembering that everything we sell is donated. A big thank you to all those who give us donations.
LEAGUE OF FRIENDS
League of Friends installs new TVs
For a long time the League has provided TVs for the patients in the Hospital but in the three bed wards that meant that the single TV could not be in a suitable place for all three beds, in addition there were issues over who chose which channel and the sound level.
Some time ago we had a quote to fit folding wall mounted brackets and TVs at a cost of £800 plus VAT for each bed – and there are nine of them!
After a long search we were able to source the brackets at a cost of £250 each and with the TVs and installation we managed to do it ourselves for about £500 each saving over £3000 and we would particularly like to thank the Marlborough House Christmas Fair organised by Mrs Nicky Stewart-Blacker and a private individual in Hawkhurst for contributing so generously towards the cost.
It was not all plain sailing, it turned out that these particular TVs had 360 degree sensors and they were turning each other’s TVs on and off but we solved that with some insulating tape! Then we found that the earphone leads were too short so we bought various lengths of extension leads so they can watch from the bed or a chair or wherever they like and do not disturb each other. It has been a huge success.
The afternoon we took the photos (thanks very much John Hunt) it happened that there was a Christmas Party arranged by Liz the longest serving member of staff – she loves baking cakes – in aid of the Macmillan Nurses for patients, ex-patients and their friends. It gives you an idea of what a wonderful facility we support here in Hawkhurst.
NEWS OF FUND RAISING ACTIVITES &
DONATIONS SO FAR IN 2016
THE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL:
We purchased 15 Dyson Fans in anticipation of a heat wave this Summer. For the record the old fashioned fans had been removed two years ago as they are considered to be unfit for use as they are difficult to clean. Last year when it got hot we were unable to buy any Dyson fans as they were “out of stock” and apparently the NHS were not in a position to provide fans. The patients suffered in the heat. Dyson fans are very expensive but considered fit for purpose. Happily this year we were ready for the August heat wave and the patients greatly appreciated our Donation.
DONATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY:
We are approached by the local doctors, midwives, occupational and physiotheropists and health visitors with various requests for help for patients, at home or in local hospital. Recently we purchased a MicroStim for muscular rehabilitation for a local patient. It can be something as simple as new weighing scales for the midwives. Anything that the NHS does not provide we will consider.
THE GREEN SHOP:
The Green Shop continues raising money really successfully. We are extremely grateful for all the generous donations of clothes, books, DVD’s and all sorts of household equipment. The majority of the goods we receive are sold through the shop. If something does not sell we are able to bag up these goods which are collected by a Recyling Company who pay us. Unfortunately the recycling company do not take items that are broken or damaged and then we have the time consuming task of disposing of these items ourselves. We are so grateful for items received and realise that it is not always possible to check every item, but would appreciate if our donors would make sure the items donated are in seleable condition.
One of the things we cannot sell are cups and saucers etc. Once an old cup has lost its appeal it seems to have no value. So this year we held a Crockery Smash at the Queen’s Birthday fete. It was a popular success and the unwanted items had one last moment of glory as wooden balls were aimed at them. At the end of the day an artist who works with mosaics approached us and asked if she could have the broken pieces. So your unwanted cup may one day end up within a work of art.
WRAP AT GROVE MILLS:
Much of the money goes to Grove Mills. The Day Centre at Grove Mills opens three days a week. On Mondays the elderly and isolated of the village spend the day busy with games and activities. Much tea and coffee is consumed as well as a delicious hot meal. All our clients can be collected by our wonderful volunteer drivers. They collect from as far as Robertsbridge. Benenden and Cranbrook and then turn out again at 3.30 to take them home.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are similar but these clients suffer from Dementia and this gives their partners and carers much needed time when they can get on with things without having to watch out for their partner. Or even just relax at the hairdressers or spend time with a friend.
Budgens very generously offered to collect the 5ps paid for plastic bags and donate them to our Charity. By the time they closed they had raised about £770.00 for us. Thank you Budgens. Let us hope Waitrose continue to collect for us.
VILLAGE SAFARI BOOT FAIR:
Once again Wendy Coxeter organized a Safari around the village with stop-offs to purchase items which were no longer required but might be exactly what someone else might want. So convenient not having to fill your boot and drive to a pitch somewhere else. It was a lovely day and an opportunity to visit different parts of the village. We received a very generous donation following the Safari.
We have been busy placing our collecting boxes locally. Any change is always welcome and surprisingly quickly builds up. If you would like to put out a collecting box in your shop, restaurant, bar or petrol station please leave a message for Julia Walsh on 01580 752188.
All these activities are only possible thanks to our team of Volunteers. We always need volunteers: the more the merrier, please contact us.
FOR ALL THE FUNDS RAISED VIA YOUR GENEROSITY. THEY ARE ALL USED TO BENEFIT THE HEALTH OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
RYE BAKERY ARE THE TOPS
Need to mention Rye Bakery is the absolute tops in filling their Blue Collection box. A big thank you to all their customers who contributed to this. We at The League of Friends Community Hospital are extremely grateful for all monies collected from the boxes. All financial support helps us continue to assist those in our community and in turn makes the community a great place to live.
The Blue Boxes are popping up all over Hawkhurst, so if you would like to raise money for us in this way do please let us know and someone will be straight round.
Well done to Rye Bakery – Star Baker
League of Friends