The League of Friends to the Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital has received the royal seal of approval with the arrival of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire as a patron.
Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner JP, has joined the charity as their patron, with Lindsay Rutherford joining the board of trustees and Lady Sally Kenyon being appointed as the president.
Last year was a very sad year for the hospital Friends with the loss of their president Annabelle Simpson, who passed away following a short illness.
New trustee Lindsay Rutherford, Annabelle’s husband has agreed to continue the connection with the hospital, saying: “I feel truly privileged to be able to carry on the work of my late wife, Annabelle Simpson.
“Annabelle was passionate about the hospital and the Friends.”
Lady Sally Kenyon added: “Annabelle has left large shoes to fill and I am honoured to take on the role of the Friends president.
“I will do my very best to continue the great work achieved by Annabelle.”
Mrs Turner has been in position since January 2019 after the previous Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, retired after 22 years as the Queen’s representative for Shropshire. Mrs Turner is the first female Lord-Lieutenant in Shropshire.
Mrs Turner said: “I am extremely delighted to lend my support to the Friends and become part of the team. I have been so impressed by all the work the Friends do, they manage to achieve more than I would have ever have believed possible”.
Victoria Sudgen, Charity Director, said: “I am delighted to have the support of such a dedicated team of skilled trustees. We continue to fundraise, provide services, finance equipment and facilities around the hospital working to improve the experience of patients whenever we can.”