Events in 2020 /21
Article in the Farnborough Parish Magazine
The following news article was written by our chair for inclusion in the St Giles Church, Farnborough Parish Magazine.
On Tuesday 22nd June 2021 six members of the Friends of the Princess Royal University Hospital met for the first time in many months to hand over to the Hospital the Montage of Photographs and the Fabric Wall Hanging both depicting activities and thoughts during lockdown. This was the result of a fund raising venture that we launched soon after lockdown started in early 2020. People submitted either a photograph or sewed a fabric block and kindly made a donation when they sent in their entry. Sue Simpson kindly sewed the Fabric Wall Hanging together, not an easy task as despite clear guidelines regarding size and fabric we had a variety of sizes and fabrics, quite a challenge for Sue. Her brother kindly paid for the framing for which the Friends are very grateful. If you happen to be in the hospital it is well worthwhile seeing it close up and it is situated in the corridor in the North Wing between the Chapel and the Bereavement Suite
Two of our supporters kindly agreed to us having a Table Sale on both the 25th and 29th June on their respective drives as they live very close to Tubbenden Primary School. The time from 1pm to 4pm coincided with school pick up. We were delighted to display many of our gifts donated as a result of our Captain Tom Appeal for 100 small gifts at the end of April which was so well supported by our local community. We are pleased to announce that we raised a total of £211 from these two events. Nearly a third of this total were donations on which we shall be able to claim gift-aid. Thank you to everyone who supported the sales.
Fabric and Photo Montage Wall Hangings
The wall hangings resulting from the virtual fundraising events launched by the Friends during lockdown.
Speech by our Chairman during the presentation of the wall hangings to the hospital on 22nd June 2021: Presentation Speech
Photographs of the Hangings and the Presentation
Photo Montage and Fabric Wall Hangings in the PRUH
Presentation of the Hangings 1
Presentation of the Hangings 2
Presentation of the Hangings 3
Presentation of the Hangings 4
Finding Poetry in the Pandemic a talk by author and nurse Molly Case
The Friends of the PRUH supported the Orpington Literary Festival organised by Orpington Satellite Rotary and Orpington 1st by hosting an evening with Molly Case, a Nurse and Author who grew up in South east London and trained at Kings College Hospital.
Molly gave a brilliant talk on Zoom which was much appreciated by the 25 people who joined the event. As part of her talk Molly recited three of her poems: “Spinal”, “Nursing the Nation” and “Hold your pen torches high”. All Molly’s spoken word poetry and more can be found on her YouTube channel.
There were also readings from the stories and poems received by The Friends as part of their “Pandemic Memories and Looking Forward” fundraiser. The readings were of “Pandemic Poem”, “Looking Forward Hopes and Dreams”, “Looking Forward as well as back “, “Jess” and “The Shock of the Lockdown in 2020 and then the Hope in 2021”. All these stories and poems can be found on our website.
The Friends thank Molly Case for making this event such a success.
Per ardua ad merito
We received this very interesting letter from one of our recent generous donors.
Click on the letter to enlarge and view.
Donation from the charity “Making a Difference Locally”
The Friends are very grateful to have received a £300 donation from Making a Difference Locally, a Charity that operates throughout all Nisa Independent Stores. The Loco Store on Westmoreland Road, Bromley nominated us for this donation.
Zoom Speaker Event
Penny Brockman the Team Leader of The Central Brecons Mountain Rescue Team gave a Zoom presentation on the history and work of the Mountain Rescue Service on Friday 26th February. We should like to thank Penny for this fascinating talk in aid of covid related projects within the hospital. This event raised an amazing £1,232. A part of the funds will benefit the Mountain Rescue Service.
Christmas wreath in place over the holiday season
This lovely Christmas wreath and plaque donated by The Friends to the hospital has now been taken down. It took pride of place at the entrance hall to the hospital during the holiday season to wish staff, patients and visitors a Happy Christmas. The wreath was approximately 3 feet in diameter and the plaque is 2 feet square.
Funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund
The Friends are delighted to have won funding from the Co-op Local Community fund. In these difficult times when our normal fundraising events have been suspended, this is wonderful news. The funds are earmarked for equipping a room as an activity room in the Stroke Unit and also refurbishing a small waiting room for use by relatives.
Fun Virtual Quiz. The fun virtual quiz held on Friday 27th November raised an amazing £1122! Most of the donations included gift aid, which is not included in the total. The quiz was in aid of covid related projects within the hospital. We should like to thank our Quiz Master Mick Wood for running this fun quiz. The winner was Diane Stiff who received the hamper that was donated to us by Dean Wilson, Independent Family Funeral Directors, after the August Cake and Tombola Sale they held.
The winner of the virtual Christmas Quiz held of 27th November
Cake and Tombola Event. On Saturday 22 nd August Dean Wilson, Funeral Directors at Locksbottom, arranged a very successful Cake and Tombola event outside their premises from 10 am until 3 pm in aid of our Charity. They all worked extremely hard with a very large range of Tombola Prizes and a delicious array of cakes. The event was attended by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Stephen Wells, in the morning. They raised the magnificent sum of £627 which is a very welcome boost to our funds. We would especially like to thank the Manager of the Branch, Donna Tossel, for first thinking of our Charity and then enlisting the help of the Wilson Family and their employees for what was a very happy, friendly and safe event in the local community.
Cake & Tombola Sale @ Dean Wilson, family funeral directors
A surprise large donation. We were recently contacted by Ashley Hewett- Brown, the Chairperson of the Hayes Christmas Lights Committee, to say that The Friends of the Princess Royal University Hospital were the recipients of their Charity collection for the 2019 Christmas Lights Appeal. This was the first that we knew about it and they were checking as to whether we had received the money which was donated through PayPal. We are pleased to say that all the money is now in our bank account and amounts to the magnificent sum of £5313.62. We are most grateful to the committee, their family and friends and the residents of Hayes for the support they have given us.
A mini Tombola was held in the front of the Chairman’s house on Sunday 5th July to coincide with the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS. The chocolate had been donated for the cancelled Easter Tombola. This raised a total of £87.06
Mini tombola on NHS 72nd anniversary