The League of Friends at Hartismere Hospital commenced some 50 years ago.
It was originally founded to provide extra amenities for patients at the Hospital when it was a fully operational bedded unit. At that time patients stayed in the Hospital for some months and in these instances the “extras” provided by the Friends were particularly welcome. These gifts included such items as specialist beds and chairs, furniture and furnishings to enhance the day room. For many years the Friends operated a Trolley Service for the patients. This service was greatly appreciated by the patients, as they had the opportunity to purchase items they required and the Friends pushing the trolley always had time to stop and chat. Patients’ birthdays and Christmas were recognised with gifts.
After the closure of the Hospital, the League was committed to a campaign for its rehabilitation and this has met with important success for the area (of over 60,000 residents). The League of Friends gives support to both patients and staff now, including providing rehabilitation equipment for the Clinics and Community Staff.
In the picture: Jean Harvey, Bev Goddard, Elizabeth Durand, Daphne Walker and Ruth Langley. Daphne completed more than 40 years of service but has now died. Elizabeth has retired. Together, these 5 friends have given more than 140 years of service to Hartismere.
Members of Hartismere Hospital League of Friends above were presented with diamond awards for 10 or more years service by Atttend, formerly National Association of Hospital Friends. The awards took place in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 13th May, 2010.