The Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health
Invite you to their 63rd
Annual General Meeting at 6.30pm, Tue 11th April 2017
Following the usual reports on the Agenda, Dr David Brown GP will be speaking about the new Integrated Care Hub due to open this Spring.
Please come along and listen to how the local health services are changing and the benefits to the local community.
Everyone will be welcomed, including friends and relatives.
Refreshments will be available following the speaker.
Farnham Rotary Club Cyclathon 2017
On 25th February, the Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health took part in the Rotary Cyclathon, raising funds for Surrey Young Carers, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and Chiks, the Indian orphanage which provides care for 200 children in Kerala. President of Rotary Farnham George Alford, who is also President of the Friends helped organise the event. Taking part from the Friends - Pam Easey, Agnes Ibrahim, Mary Probert and Diana Martin. The Friends who didn't break any records, were just happy to take part and raise funds for the various charities.
Working alongside Rushmoor Male Voice Choir has been a joy........Last evening Chairman Diana headed in the direction of Rushmoor Male Voice Choir’s rehearsal evening when they presented a cheque for £1750 plus £100 from their Christmas concert held at the Maltings. They kindly asked me to stay on to listen to their rehearsals and I must say it was enlightening to see just how much work goes into organising a concert. They intend to be at the Princes Hall Aldershot in June raising funds for Help the Heroes, so please look our for the adverts in the local press.
Christmas Cheer for the hospital
Thank you Rushmoor Male Voice choir for making the concert last evening at the Maltings so very special for the Friends of Farnham Hospital. From the ladies dressed with their red sashes greeting everyone at the door with programmes, the beautiful flowers at the front of the stage, to your lovely performance and that of your guests Weydon School Choir.............as well as the saucy jokes, the evening was relaxed and entertaining.
Funds raised during the evening will be purchasing specialist equipment for those patients who come into hospital with Dementia and for the Integrated Care Hub.
The Friends could not have asked for more. Our sincere thanks go to everyone, front of house, behind the scenes and all those who planned the event.
A memorable occasion in the history of the Friends
Diana Martin, Chairman Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health
Pictures courtesy of Paul Osborne and VirginCare
St Andrew's Farnham Christmas Tree Event 2015 - Friends tree
Several committee members of the Friends of Farnham Hospital spent a happy morning wrapping Christmas presents for all inpatients in readiness for distribution next week. The Deputy Mayor of Farnham Councillor John Beal and his wife Gillian will be helping to distribute the parcels and stopping to chat to patients along way on Tuesday 22 December. It is always a difficult time of the year if you are in hospital and not celebrating with family and friends, so a visit from the Friends and the Mayor with a present is most welcome and appreciated. The Farnham Herald have been invited to attend and record the event for their newspaper. The Friends shall be adding a photo and article on Facebook and on this website.
Charity Tea Tent - Music in the Meadow 2015
On Sunday, 16th August the Friends ran the charity tea tent at Farnham Town Council's Music in the Meadow event. Aldershot Brass Band played a medley of lovely tunes for two hours and the Friends busily sold tea and cakes to those present, raising funds for our charity. The sun shone brilliantly on what was a fun afternoon and we plan to repeat the event next year.
The annual cream tea is a well held tradition the Friends of the Hospital have provided over many years and this year, on the hottest day so far, the Friends (Mary, Michael, Diana and Agnes) again served Strawberries and Cream to all in-patients. Always a very welcome treat for the patients, they were able to enjoy their tea whilst watching tennis from Wimbledon.
In December, committee members Jacqui, Agnes and Michael went shopping for our Christmas gifts to the patients. We then held a grand wrapping session at the hospital and delivered the presents to all in-patients o 22nd December. Community Matron Sue Deane said 'It was a really nice day, especially for the patients who don't have many visitors. They are always pleasantly surprised and very happy, which is lovely at Christmas time.
60th Anniversary of the Friends 1954 - 2014
Around 100 Friends, patients, relatives and guests along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, Councillor Jeremy Ricketts and his wife Debbie attended a 60th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, 30th November. The concert was to celebrate 60 years of the Friends support to the Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health.
Entertaining everyone during the afternoon was Rushmoor ‘Oddfellows’ Male Voice Choir who provided a medley of songs; some sensitive and emotional and others raising the roof, all delivered with much humour. Musical Director, Steven Petch performed a beautiful solo of the ‘Liverpool Anthem’ – You’ll Never Walk Alone, which brought tears to many people’s eyes.
Following the Oddfellows, classically trained Chloe Smith from Camberley, who likes to play pop and folk, gave a beautiful and confident performance, singing and playing many of her own songs. Her rendition of Hallelujah was excellent. She plans to continue her education studying music and entertaining at every opportunity.
Tea and delicious cakes followed their excellent performances which rounded the afternoon off nicely.
The Chairman said in her speech “I cannot begin to tell you all the equipment that has been purchased over the years but a general estimate is that well over the equivalent of 1 million pounds has passed through our hands.............
I should like to take this opportunity of thanking the current committee and all hospital staff for their continued loyal support and dedication. I also wish to acknowledge the hard work of those who went before us and to wish continued success for the future.”
VirginCare press release:
"'Sweet treats' for Farnham Hospital patients
The Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health (FoFHCH) held a Strawberry cream tea on Tuesday for inpatients and their visitors.at their annual summer treat. The event, which is organised for July each year, saw patients surprised and delighted as the Friends’ chair Diana Martin along with members Michael Cox, Agnes Ibrahim, Margaret Nicholls and Pam Easy, arrived at the hospital with strawberries and cream for their afternoon tea.
The FoFHCH is a local charity which supports the hospital and GPs in delivering high standard of care for the community. It produces a newsletter twice yearly and regularly holds fundraising events.
Diana Martin, Chair of Farnham Community Hospital League of Friends said: “The delicious, plump strawberries went down well with all patients who were surprised and delighted by our visit.
“The Friends would like to express their gratitude to Waitrose Farnham for the donation of the strawberries.”
Sue Deane, Virgin Care’s Community Hospital Matron at Farnham Hospital, who accompanied the friends as they went around the wards, said: “Patients really enjoyed the friends’ visit. The strawberry and cream tea is an annual event that all of the staff look forward to as we see the cheer it brings to the inpatients.”
The strawberries for this year’s event were donated by Waitrose Farnham. Earlier in the year The Friends also supported the purchase of new garden furniture for the Day Assessment Unit at Farnham Hospital."
Following a grand wrapping session on Tuesday 17th December, the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Paddy Blagdon helped the Friends distribute Christmas parcels to all inpatients on Friday, 20th December. It was a happy occasion and the smiles and looks of surprise on patients faces was very rewarding. The Mayor and Friends spent time talking to patients, many of whom will be spending their Christmas at the hospital. The Friends, at this time of year, also purchase other festive merchandise for the wards such as tablecloths, crackers, centre-pieces etc.
Celebrating 10 years
Celebrating 10 years in the new building September 2013. The concert to celebrate this special occasion took place on Sunday 29th September 2013. Rushmoor Male Voice Choir and Professor Graham Smith, pianist and a consultant at the Hospital and Frimley Park provided a wonderful medley of songs and musical entertainment during the afternoon to patients, staff, visitors and guests. Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended, the concert was followed by the Mayor of Farnham, Patrick Blagden, cutting the celebratory cake. Amongst the guests there were several of the original people who helped with the build - Chris Martin, Maureen Murrell and Mary Probert. A lovely picture and article was featured in the Friday 11th October edition of the Farnham Herald and also on VirginCare's website.