Christmas 2019 concert at The Maltings - raising funds for Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health - please come along with your friends and family and support this lovely choir who do much to raise funds in the local community.

Advertising Christmas Concert

The Wellbeing event was especially good this year and featured many stallholders handing out advice and information to the local community.  The Friends ran a 'Macmillan Coffee morning' stall and raised almost £600 - a magnificent total

Health and Wellbeing Event Sep 2019

Strawberry Teas - a lovely successful event in July for all inpatients and staff

Staff enjoying teaPatients enjoying strawberry teas

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir performed magnificently at the Farnham Flash Festival on 7th June, once again raising the roof with a varied selection of popular and nostalgic songs and tunes.  The hospital thanks the choir for their continuing support, which is much appreciated by everyone

Community Matron Verity Pearce and the choir

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS - birthday party at Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health

Each year the Friends provide a strawberry cream tea for in-patients at Farnham Hospital, usually during Wimbledon week. This year it is scheduled for 5th July which is the 70th birthday of the NHS and so we plan to extend this to the staff.
We are looking for partners to enable this birthday party to thank our NHS workers and provide their patients with a summer treat.
Interested organisations or individuals should contact the Friends via their website email address  Pictures taken on this special day are featured below.

George Alford
Chairman, Friends of Farnham of Hospital and Centre for Health

NHS Birthday Cake

Staff and patientsStaff enjoying strawberries and cream

18th March, Health and Wellbeing Event / Farnham Rotary's Cyclathon

Due to heavy snow falling overnight in Farnham, the decision was sadly taken to cancel the Health and Wellbeing event.   However the Rotary Cyclathon continued running from 8am until 8pm when stoical teams braved the weather to take part and raise funds for their adopted charities.  The Friends of Farnham Hospital (George and Hugh) along with VirginCare and several GP practices cycled their allotted times in style and can be seen taking part.  Well done to everyone and thanks to those who rode for the Friends.

Hugh and George

Many teams cycling

VirginCare Girls

Overall winner James with cup

Health and Wellbeing Day, Saturday 14 October 2017

Our Health and Wellbeing event took place at Farnham Hospital on Saturday. We wish to thank Stephanie Spence of Farnham Town Council, Practice Manager Jenny Partridge, Matron Sue Anderson and George Alford, Chairman of the Friends for their hard work in organising and promoting the morning. The stallholders pulled out all the stops by advertising their charities and promoting their organisations as well as networking, distributing literature and some like Specsavers... giving out the most delicious apples! A huge thank you to everyone involved and hopefully from this small beginning, we shall repeat the venture next year. We attach a selection of photos from the morning.......Cruse, Surrey Age UK Surrey, Durham House, Farnham Maltings, The Leisure Centre, Heart Start. Macular Society, Nuffield Health, Assist, Action for Carers Surrey, Baker Law, Right at Home, Phyllis Tuckwell, Hoppa, Just Wellbeing, Specsavers, Healthy Eating, Farnham Town Council. We thank our speakers, Peter a Paramedic, Lucy Elderly Care Consultant and Bo a Pharmacist for their time and commitment. The Mayor, Councillor Mike Hodge visited and other photos include President and Chairman of the Friends Mary Probert and George Alford and Stephanie Spence, Jenny Partridge and Sue Anderson.

Heart StartSpec Savers

Leisure Centre

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. 

Organisations, like Rushmoor Male Voice Choir, make a huge contribution to the local community when they hold concerts and donate funds to local charities and we are extremely grateful that their hardwork, commitment and support have helped the Friends this year. Thank you once again, the Friends wish you continued success with your adventures and community fundraising!

Accepting RMC cheque

Christmas  Cheer for the hospital

Today, Thursday 22 December the Friends distributed Christmas Presents to all inpatients at the hospital........84 in total............a lovely surprise for all and greeted with thanks and gratitude.  Each of the four wards received £100 towards Christmas festivities such as tablecloths, napkins, decorations etc.  The Portering and Hotel Services departments received large boxes of chocolates as a thank you for all they do for us throughout the year.   The Friends were delighted to be joined by Susan Joyce, Lead for Scheduled Care and Matt Hodson who is VirginCare's Chief Nurse.
May we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.

Christmas present delivery 2016

December Concert

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 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

Steve and Choir in full voiceaudience at concert

St Andrew's Farnham Christmas Tree Event 2015 - Friends tree

Christmas Tree Our Nursing Angel  

Christmas Presents

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.

Cake stallCommittee members selling cakes

Strawberries 2015

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.

Michael, Mary, Agnes and Diana getting ready to deliver Strawberries

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.  

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir with Mayor Jeremy Ricketts,conductor Steve Petch and singer Chloe Smith

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 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." 

Community Matron Sue Deane, Michael, Margaret, Agnes and Pam distributing strawberries

Christmas 2013

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.

Mayor of Farnham Patrick Blagden and committee members delivering presents

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.

Cutting the cake at 10th Anniversary of new building

Saturday, 23rd March from 0900 at the Maltings in Farnham

The main purpose of the Cyclathon event is to raise funds for the Rotary Charities in the Farnham area and abroad. These include charities such as Bells Piece, Woodlarks, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, the new Brightwells Centre and the Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health. There are several teams from the hospital and GP surgeries taking part, so please pop along and give them plenty of support as well as donating please. The Rotary Cyclathon is taking place at the Maltings Farnham from 8am to 8pm.