Tony Cannon, Chair of the Friends of Good Hope Hospital, said: “The Friends are pleased to match the generous donation of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council with a further £10,000.
“The children’s facilities at the hospital are in need of updating and this appeal with provide the extras that exceed the basic NHS provision and provide a much better patient experience for the children and their parents.”
The friends were hard at work this weekend in Sainsbury’s Local at Wylde Green raising money for the Children’s Outpatients Dept Refurbishment at Good Hope. We also welcome Justine as a temporary recruit to the team, Justine works for UHB Hospital Charity and kindly volunteered to help out alongside Derek who joined us in the Spring. If you would like to help us raise money for the hospital and can spare a couple of hours a month on a Saturday or Sunday please get in touch.
If you are visiting the Hospital make a point of checking out the Friends Art Gallery in the Treatment Centre where there are some excellent paintings, all originals at very reasonable prices, by local Midlands Artists. Commission on sales and hanging fees are paid into our community fund with is used to purchase those important pieces of equipment which are not supplied as standard by the NHS. This helps improve the experience for all patients and their relatives at the hospital.
The friends were delighted to receive a massive £977 from the John Lewis, Tamworth, Community Matters Scheme. The cheque was presented to Elaine Coulthard, President of the Friends by Linda Davis of John Lewis. The friends would like to thank the customers of John Lewis for supporting Good Hope Hospital, it demonstrates how much the community value the staff and services provided by Good Hope. The money will go towards improving the children’s ward facilities at the Hospital to provide a better experience for our younger patients and their parents.
We are so grateful to the customers and staff for their tremendous support of the hospital over the past year. The money raised will go towards the purchase of ‘Folding Relative Beds’ which are used when relatives need to stay overnight with their loved ones. (These are not provided by the NHS and at the moment relatives have to try and sleep in chairs where they can.)
Emma and her team have gone out of their way to makes us welcome and we looked forward to our collection weekends with them. It was very gratifying to hear how much the customers appreciated the hospital and the care provided by its staff, we will miss seeing you all especially Tom.
Thieves attacked our popular ‘Book Table’ outside Main X-Ray in the Richard Salt Unit again last week. This time it was a planned robbery as they came equipped with chain cutters and other tools, removing one collecting box and smashing the lock on the other. This is a sad day for us, the patients and the supporters of the ‘Book Table.’ We feel sorry for the people who did this who feel that stealing charity money in Good Hope Hospital is acceptable behaviour. We have now withdrawn the service as we cannot allow money destined to support patient facilities to be stolen.
We have applied to be ‘Charity of Year’ for the Wylde Green Branch for the coming year. Voting takes place in store and online, it closes on 24th June. Here is the link Vote Now – please support the hospital and its patients by voting for the Friends
The Friends were delighted to support Mark and his Team by purchasing the 10 Treatment chairs at a cost of some £16,000 – thank you to all the people who have donated to the Friends at various events through the town and to our various sponsors. The new treatment room was opened to patients on Tuesday 8th May 2018
This popular service is up and running until after Easter, lots of new titles available, if you have the time check it out and help fund additional facilities for patients. Book donations of good quality paperbacks are always welcome – just leave them under the table. If you have a large quantity let us know and we will collect.