SINCE the League of Hospital Friends was first launched in 1948 its members have raised more than £3m in donations for the benefit of hospital patients across the area.
Now its most recent donation to King’s Mill Hospital of £69,506 will be used to pay for eight state-of-the-art bedside patient monitors for its Integrated Critical Care Unit.
The League supports Millbrook Mental Health Unit, Mansfield Community Hospital and King’s Mill Hospital, channelling funds to them from its three charity shops in Forest Town and Sutton.
Sookholme woman Barbara Joule has been chairman of the League of Hospital Friends (LHF) for the past 23 years.
She said: “The hospitals are always so grateful for our help and it makes such a difference to them.
“We try and increase the amounts we raise and in these very difficult times we feel lucky we are able to maintain our income from the generosity of the people of Mansfield and Ashfield.”
The LHF’s two Forest Town shops on Clipstone Road sell everything from pots and pans to soft furnishings, while its ladies’ boutique on Sutton’s Outram Street is a little more specialised, selling nearly new clothes.
Said Barbara: “The volunteers find the work pleasant - when Ascot is on we often get people coming in for hats and we have had some beautiful bridal gowns.
“A lot of the volunteers like to help because we are supporting local causes and every penny goes to the hospitals.”
As well as its charity shops LHF also raises funds through charity events, such as a monthly stall at King’s Mill Hospital or April’s Spring Fair at the John Fretwell Centre.
Barbara said patients often donate to LHF after being treated in hospital or bereaved families make donations instead of giving flowers for loved ones.
Later in the year the group will have stalls selling their charity goods at Kingsway Hall, Forest Town, in November and a Cantamus concert is planned at Welbeck Abbey in December.
As well as the King’s Mill donation, LHF has also recently supplied bikes and keep-fit equipment for Millbrook patients and a blood monitor machine and a defibrillator for the outpatient services at Mansfield Community Hospital.
If you would like to find out more about LHF or are interested in volunteering please phone King’s Mill Hospital, on 622515, LHF extension 6044.