The fantastic fund raising efforts made by the Friends of East Surrey Hospital has now pushed the money raised by their volunteers to an impressive £3 million pounds.
Three hundred and thirty people make up the hard working team who have raised the funds over the last 30 years.
The money has come in through the ‘Friends’ coffee shops and allows Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, to provide a little bit extra like improvements to patient facilities and specialist training.
Last year the Friends donated £150,000 to pay for Wi-Fi across the whole hospital so now all patients and visitors can get internet access for free. Donations have also paid for heated baby mattresses in the Neonatal Unit and extra televisions and earphones for Radio Redhill.
Chairman of the Friends at East Surrey, Richard Burford, said: “It has been my privilege to work with very remarkable and really dedicated groups of volunteers who have done so much to help to improve the lot of the hospital’s patients, staff and visitors.”
Mr Burford, who has led the group for ten years, added: “It has been a wonderful experience to witness the benefits that our charity has brought to our hospital and to our local community.”
Friends volunteer Keith Hiscock has been donating his time for 15 years. He said: “My wife was a physiotherapist here and when she retired she persuaded me to come along with her and help at the coffee shop. It’s a really nice thing to do, you meet lots of people and everyone has a story to tell.”
If you would like to find out more about the Friends visit their website at: www.foesh.co.uk or the Trust’s website www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk