League of Hospital Friends (Newark)

Registered charity no. 219251


The League of Friends of the Newark Hospital were formed in April 1957. The Friends are a motivated and active voluntary organisation committed to fundraising to enhance the patient services at our local community hospital. We do not have any paid fundraisers. The Friends are able to provide much needed equipment and comforts for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff through income raised by the work of our team of fantastic volunteers.                             

The Friends, supported by hospital volunteers also run the Mary Taylor Coffee Lounge and the Out Patients Tea Bar both of which are extremely popular. We continue to hold our usual events which include quiz nights, tombolas and very successful raffles.

Birthday Celebration donation of £195 

Volunteer at Newark Hospital Mary Danskin celebrated her 80th birthday in December.  She asked for donations to be given instead of presents and gave the brilliant sum of £195 to the League of Friends.  She asked that the money was used in the Fernwood Community Unit. Mary is pictured with Pippa Green (Therapy Assistant).

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December Raffle raises £1400

The draw for the Annual Christmas Raffle was held on 22nd December.  Prizes included luxury hampers.  Over £1400 was raised.  Pictured are June Howsam ( League of Friends Chair) and Hayley Allison (Assistant Chief Operating Officer).

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Generous donation of Christmas gifts

Thank you to the League of Friends for kindly purchasing Christmas gifts for all inpatients staying in Newark Hospital over the Christmas period.  Pictured presenting a gift to a patient are League of Friends Chairman, June Howsam and Robert Jenrick MP.


Wireless LED Surgical Headlight purchased for the Breast Surgery Team

The Breast Surgery Team at Newark Hospital will benefit from a £1950 LED Wireless Surgical Headlight.  The headlight will be used by Mr Mohamed Jahan, Consultant Breast Surgeon and his team during breast implant and expander surgery to enable an improved view of the operating cavity.  Mr Mohamed Jahan is pictured with Staff Nurse Nicola Rose, Staff Nurse Amanda Redfern, Staff Nurse Rebecca Martin, June Howsam (League of Friends Chair) and League of Friends Committee members Christine Light and Jean Whittaker.

led headlamp breast surgery


Privacy Screens for Physiotherapy Department

Two mobile priacy screens were purchased by the League of Friends for the Therapy Services Team at Bryon House, Newark Hospital.  The screens provide increased privacy and dignity for patients. Kate Lyons, Therapy Team Leader and Emma-Jane Webster, Therapy Assistant are pictured with the screens.

privacy screens


Airpal Presentation to CT Department 

The presentation of  an Airpal for the CT Department was made on 19th October 2016. The Airpal is a sheet which inflates under a patient enabling them to be transferred easily from a bed to the scanning table.  This not only makes the patient's transfer more comfortable but also improves manual handling for all staff.    The cost of the Airpal was £3307.                                            

Pictured l to r are:   June Howsam (League of Friends Chair), Fiona Logue (CT Lead Radiographer), Kirsty Podgorzec (Senior Radiographer) and Jan Wicker ( League of Friends Committee Member)     

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In July 2016 the Ophthalmic Department was presented with an Auto-focimeter. The equipment costing £1052 will allow clinicians to measure quickly and accurately ascertain the glasses prescriptions in adults and children. This information is important when testing visual fields in patients with glaucoma and pre-operatively in patients listed for cataract surgery.  Pictured are (L to R) Mr Saxena (Ophthalmolgy Consultant), June Howsam (Chairman League of Friends), Hayley Allison (Assistant Chief Operating Officer), Lucy Davis (Orthoptist) and Jo Codd (Outpatients Sister)

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Officers of the Charity are:

June Howsam - Chairman           Bridget Cobb - Treasurer             Nadia Whitworth - Secretary

You may want to sponsor an activity or provide finance for a particular department which has helped you or a family member or friend. If you would like to help and support our work, further information can be provided by contacting:

June Howsam, Chairman - 80 London Road, Balderton, Newark, Notts, NG24 3AG. Telephone: 01636 706878 

Nadia Whitworth, Secretary - 127 Lime Grove, Newark, Notts, NG24 4AG.  Telephone: 01636 703892
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