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 League of Friends has had much success in fundraising and donating throughout recent years, with hundreds of thousands of pounds given to fund equipment and research which cannot be funded by the Trust. Between 2020 and 2022 the League of Friends gave almost £250,000 which funded essential equipment and ground-breaking research, making an incredibly positive impact on the Hospital’s patients and staff.
Over the last 10 years the League of Friends has funded equipment for the Maidstone Hospital in excess of £2,078,000.
The League of Friends’ main source of income is 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 in the Eye Clinic is open 10.00-4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
The LoF Bookshop, in the main foyer at Maidstone Hospital, is also a valuable source of income and is popular with patients, staff and visitors. 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 – £5 per individual or £8 for a family – will provide a regular income. You will receive the LoF newsletter letting you know about upcoming social events and how the money raised is spent. If you would like to become a member of the League of Friends, contact Jacqui, the Manager, on 01622 224781 or visit maidstoneleagueoffriends.co.uk.
If you are interested in becoming a League of Friends volunteer, you can enquire on the LoF website, complete and return the application form, apply via the NHS jobs website or contact Jacqui, the Manager, on 01622 224781.
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 fundraising 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.
- Manager: Jacqui Featherstone (01622 224781)
- Chairman: Gareth Owen
- Membership Secretary: Margaret Tunbridge
- Treasurer: John White
- Secretary: Glenys Watson
- Website: maidstoneleagueoffriends.co.uk
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