LEAGUE OF FRIENDS DIAMOND JUBILEE
On July 13th the League of Friends of Aldeburgh and District Community Hospital celebrated its Diamond Jubilee by holding a party for its members and guests in a marquee in a lovely location on the banks of the River Alde near to the old Brick Dock.
The charity was formed in 1955 and without its support there is no doubt that the Hospital would not be here today. For example the Friends raised £500,000 in the early 1990s to support the building of the current inpatient facility. Recent projects include the renal dialysis unit, patient televisions, a conservatory for in patient dining, a multi sensory room for patients with dementia and very many smaller items.
Guests were treated to drinks and canapés made by the Hospital’s catering team which were delicious, and entertained by the classical guitarist Adrian Nicholson. There was a Silent Auction, with all the lots donated by local people and businesses. This raised over £600. Also at the event, Frank Clarke, chairman of the Leiston and District Organ and Keyboard club, presented a cheque for £1450 to the Friends and £3000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The club has recently closed and its remaining funds were generously distributed to these two charities.
Jean Flick, President of the Friends, outlined the history of the hospital and said “we are so grateful for the support we have received over many years from our members. This has enabled us to keep our hospital “state of the art” supporting the local community and there for us when we need it. Very many thanks to you all.”
SUPPORT FOR LEISTON SURGERY
June 2015. We have been pleased to support Leiston Surgery in the purchase ot two machines to enhance the capability of the practice. The first is a hyfrecator which helps stop bleeding in minor surgery. The second is a spirometer which measures the air capacity of the lungs. Dr Sally Simmonds of Leiston surgery said “We are very grateful to the League of Friends for purchasing this equipment for us. It will really help us provide an improved service to our patients”. Tony Bone Chairman of the League of Friends said “We are very pleased to support Leiston Surgery in this way. We are keen to support the provision of healthcare services in the locality as well as in our wonderful local hospital”.
Our AGM took place on May 6th 2015 at 2:30pm in the Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall. We were very fortunate in that David Brown, deputy chief operating officer of Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group talked to us on the importance of community hospitals in providing local based care. You can read the papers here.
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