Recently, our community hospitals have been celebrating the hard-work of our League of Friends and their 70th year.
Afternoon tea parties have been held up and down the county to thank the Leagues for their essential fundraising and support. Some teams have raised funds to donate to their hospital League.
When the NHS was set up in 1948, it involved the transfer of the voluntary hospital to the NHS. Volunteers still felt that they had a role to play, so the British Hospital Association recommended setting up the League of Friends.
The very first League of Friends conference took place on the 24 March 1949 and was attended by 175 Leagues.
Last year, 29,000 volunteers gave 4.13,000,000 hours which equates to £26,000,000 at the minimum wage and over £41,000,000 for health and social care.
The tea parties were attended by ward staff, each hospital’s League, senior managers, Directors, our Chief Executive and Chair.