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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.

May 2018

The Friends of Newark Hospital  have purchased tower fans to keep patients, visitors and staff cool over the summer at a cost of £1,272.  Pictured with the fans are: Adele Bonsall - Matron,  Nadia Whitworth - Friends of Newark Hospital Vice Chair & Secretary, June Howsam - Friends of Newark Hospital Chair andMichael Thomson - Team Leader Urgent Care.


December 2017

Donation of £20,000 benefits Breast Services at Newark Hospital

A £17,000 donation added to a donation of £3,000 by Southwell Pink Ladies has purchased a Bodyjet Evo Fat Transfer Machine for use at Newark Hospital.  The purchase of this equipment will mean being able to provide more Breast Services for patients at Newark.  Members from the League of Friends and Southwell Pink Ladies are pictured with Consultant Breast Surgeon Mr Johan and theatre staff.

fat transfer machine

September 2017 

The League of Friends of Newark Hospital organised a raffle to raise funds for the Newark Hospital Dementia Appeal.  The raffle raised a fantastic £2,654.00 and meant the total raised so far has reached £30,000.  June Howsam, Chair of the Friends of Newark Hospital is seen at the draw with Alistair Millar of Tallents Solicitors who sponsored the raffle and kindly donated the first prize of £250.  The raffle was an amazing success and thanks go to all those who bought and sold tickets as well as local businesses who donated prizes.

raffle draw 30000

June 2017

Dementia Care Appeal reaches £15,000

The appeal which is seeking to raise £105,000 to improve the environment at Newark Hospital’s Sconce Ward has reached £15,000.  Pictured marking this on the appeal thermometer at Newark Hospital main recepion are Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tony Roberts, June Howsam, Chair of the Friends of Newark Hospital and Robert Jenrick MP, President of the Friends of Newark Hospital.

Dementia thermometer June Robert Jenrick Tony Roberts

The money has been raised through a variety of events which have taken place in the hospital and in the local community.  Take a look on our Fundraising pages to find out more.  Dementia Care Appeal

April 2017

Fantastic donation of £10,000 to launch the Dementia Care Appeal at Newark Hospital

£10,000 has been the initial donation from the League of Friends at Newark Hospital to kickstart the Dementia Care Appeal.  The appeal is to help make Sconce Ward a Dementia Friendly environment and the target is £105,000.  Various events and fundraising activities will be organised over the coming months to raise money for the appeal.  June Howsam is pictured with Carly Rollinson ( Matron of Newark Hospital) and Sam Haynes (Deputy Sister of Sconce Ward) at the launch of the appeal.

lof dementia donation

Presentation of Neurology Couch

The Friends of Newark Hospital have purchased a double neurology couch for the Therapy Services Department at a cost of £1,115.  The couch enables therapists to offer a greater range of treatments due to the space and staiblity this wider couch allows.  Maisie Marriott, Friends of Newark Hospital Committee Member is pictured with Terry Marriott and Therapy Assistant Emma-Jane Webster.

neurology couch 2

Skeleton and Educational Joints purchased for Therapy Services at Newark

£391 was donated by the The Friends of Newark Hospital to purchase a skeleton and educational joints for the Therapy Services Department.  The items will greatly enhance the therapists ability to teach patients around the self-care agenda and better understand their condition.  Therapy Assistant Emma-Jane Webster is pictured getting to know the new member of the department.


Easter Raffle raises £755

The Annual Easter Raffle was held on April 11th at Newark Hospital.  The fantastic amount of £755 was raised through the selling of raffle tickets throughout March and April.  Prizes included Easter Hampers filled with luxury food items and easter eggs.  June Howsam from the League of Friends is pictured drawing the winning tickets with Dallas Fraser from the Outpatients Department at Newark Hospital and Julie Dobbins from Radiology.

                  june dallas easter raffle 2                                                   june janet easter raffle

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).

mary danskin


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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