Our History - League of Friends
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A journey into our history

From Baschurch days, the hospital has relied on volunteers, both for providing patient and staff comforts, and for fund-raising.   The annual report for 1907 lists donations of fruit, vegetables, eggs and rabbits, along with clothes, linen, toys and books.  Later on, the extensive network of Voluntary After-Care Committees set up by Dame Agnes Hunt in the 1920s played an important part in raising funds for the hospital rebuilding programme. With the coming of the National Health Service in 1948, it was assumed that there would be no further need for voluntary assistance, as “the State would provide” for everything. This idealistic attitude did not however prevent the hospital Patients’ Comfort League and the Welfare Committee from continuing to raise funds and provide amenities for both patients and staff.

2020

The 'Mere Mile' fundraiser

The launch of the ‘Mere Mile’ fundraiser in conjunction with ‘Swimfinity’.

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2020

Adapting to the times

Most plans put on hold during the pandemic but The League of Friends support the hospital with donations, celebrity support and get involved in the first online county show.

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2019

A new look for The League of Friends

The League of Friends rebrands with the strapline ‘at the heart of RJAH’ and a new pink colour scheme.

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2018

The League of Friends donate £265,000 towards Horatio’s Garden

The League of Friends donate £265,000 towards the build of Horatio’s Garden as the single biggest donor to the project.

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2018

Our first Christmas Bazaar

The League of Friends runs the first Christmas Bazaar in the main entrance of the hospital.

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2018

The League of Friends open the Post Office

The League of Friends open the Post Office and become the only hospital League of Friends to run one.

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2017

LOF awarded the ‘Partnership’ award

The League of Friends awarded the ‘Partnership’ award at the Trusts Celebration of Achievements awards

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2016

£125,000 donation towards the new Theatre and Tumour Unit build

The League of Friends donate £125,000 towards the new Theatre and Tumour Unit build.

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2015

The League of Friends awarded ‘The Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ the MBE

The League of Friends awarded ‘The Queens Award for Voluntary Service’ the MBE

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2014

Mrs Helen Hughes retires after 25 years of service

Mrs Helen Hughes retires after 25 years as Organising Secretary

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2005

Hydrotherapy Pool funded by The League of Friends

Hydrotherapy Pool funded by The League of Friends

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1965

First Swimming Pool funded by The League of Friends

First Swimming Pool funded by The League of Friends

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1963

The League of Friends Shop commenced trading

The League of Friends Shop commenced trading

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1961

The League of Friends was established

The League of Friends established

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