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.

Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

Parties were held on Sconce Ward and the Fernwood Community Unit to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.  The League of Hospital Friends at Newark donated a celebration cake and presented each patient with a commemorative gift.

queens 90th sconce


Our fundraising has enabled us during 2015 – 2016 to fund

  • A plaster cast and saw for Out Patients fracture clinic £ 2474
  • 3 wheel exercise bike for wheelchair users for use in the Occupational Therapy Department £ 5000
  • Donation towards an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine used for retinal screening and macular/AMD clinics enabling patients to have these tests at Newark Hospital £35000
  • A rise and recline chair to assist with patient rehabilitation to prepare patients for safe discharge £ 1500
  • Bed sensors and chair alarms £616.26

rise and recline chair website

In February 2016 the Fernwood Community Unit took delivery of a riser-recliner chair purchased by the League of Friends at a cost of £1800.  This versatile chair helps patients who need help when rising from a chair and has the added benefit of pressure relieving cushions which can be adapted for each patient.  The Fernwood Community Unit aim to replicate wherever possible the furniture that patients would use every day at home.  

In May 2016 a bookcase and sideboard were purchased by the League of Friends for the day room on Fernwood Community Unit.  June Howsam, League of Friends Chairman and Hazel Saddington, Sister of the Fernwood Community Unit are pictured with the new furniture.

fernwood furniture

 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)

 Presentation of autofocimeter 2

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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