The League was formed in October 1952 and is run entirely by volunteers and its mission is the purpose of improving the care and comforts given to the patients and staff of theQueenAlexandraHospitalabove those, which are funded and provided by the NHS.
In October 2012 it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and in that period of sixty years they are proud to say that they have had only six chairmen to run the League. In addition in 2012 the League instigated long service awards for the first time and 34 volunteers received awards for over five years service to the League. In 2013 a further 8 volunteers will receive the award.
Today the League has just over 100 active volunteers who give their time and effort to enable them to raise the funds to help the Hospital. For the last seven years the League has allocated the sum of £100,000 per year to fulfill their mission to help the Hospital. Social events are also held three times a year, along with a long weekend outing and a magazine is published.
We raise our money by running events during the year, but are main source of income is the profits that are made from the goods sold in and from our shop. The shop and the office of the league are located on B Level on the main entrance side of the building, by the side of the lift area between maternity and oncology. In addition to the shop the league also run two trolley services a day that visit various wards, as well as a trolley that goes to the staff room by the operating theatres.
The League also have a visiting team who go into wards to visit those patients who have no one coming in to see them. A little known fact about the League is that it runs two art galleries in the Hospital, one in the League Shop and the other by the main restaurant of the Hospital.
The League constantly requires volunteers, especially as they want to expand the services they give to the Hospital. To find out more about the League of Friends or to join and become a volunteer, visit there shop, or phone 023 9228 6797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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