Maidstone Hospital League of Friends (LoF) aims to provide a link between the hospital and the community it serves, and supports the hospital in any way possible.
The Maidstone Hospital branch is very active, providing many thousands of pounds each year to purchase items of equipment which cannot be funded by the Trust.
During the past 12 months the League of Friends has purchased the following equipment:
- Ultrasound Machine (Rheumatology £30,000-00)
- Cardiac Output Machine (ITU £17,500-00)
- Dementia Lounge Equipment (£8,298-00)
- Portable Ventilators x 2 (Paediatrics £9,400-00)
- Lifting Aids (Equipment Library £7,525-75)
- Holmium Laser (Urology £267,857-00)
Plus other items bringing the total spend for May 14 – April 15 to £420,558-.28p
The League of Friends’ main source of income is the profit from the hospital shop, which is located in the main entrance, and offers an extensive range of toiletries, sleepwear, stationery and greeting cards, confectionery, sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks and ice cream, newspapers and magazines and much more. The ward trolleys and clinic trolley provide a service for patients and visitors Monday – Friday and the LoF Tea Bar situated in the Eye Clinic is open 10.00-4.00pm, Monday to Friday. The LoF Book Shop, situated off the Main Reception, is also a valuable source of income and is popular with patients, staff and visitors. In addition generous legacies and other small donations are received too.
General fundraising is part of the League’s activities, including the Annual Summer Fete and prize draw, a quiz night twice a year, coffee mornings, cake sales and a Christmas Bazaar. The success of all these activities depends entirely on voluntary helpers and the support of the general public.
You can help the League of Friends by becoming a member – your annual subscription will provide a regular income for us – £3 per individual or £5 for a family. You will receive our newsletter informing you of our social events and how the money raised is spent. If you would like to become a member of the League of Friends, contact the Membership Secretary – 01622 224781.
If you are interested in becoming a LoF Volunteer please call 01622 224781 to arrange an interview.
Donating to the League of Friends
You can donate by cheque, made payable to Maidstone Hospital League of Friends or hand cash donations in at the LoF Shop or at any fund raising event. If you wish to send your donation by post, send to The Chairman, League of Friends at Maidstone Hospital Hermitage Lane Barming ME16 9QQ.
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