Originally ‘The League of Friends’ now ‘Friends of St Mary’s Hospital’, we have been supporting and supplementing the excellent service that is found at St Mary’s, the Isle of Wight’s only hospital, since 1949.


Since 2000 we have raised over £1.5 million of funds from our cafés, shops, raffles, collection boxes or the generosity of those who have fund raised for us or have so kindly remember us in their wills.




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What We Do


The aim of Friends of St Mary's Hospital is:

To support and supplement the services offered by Islandwide NHS services, through the funding of new equipment and facilities designed to enhance the well-being of NHS patients and staff across the Isle of Wight. This can include patient welfare amenities, medical equipment, furniture and aids or patient comforts, all of which are above the standard/level required for operational purposes.


Each year IW NHS Trust departments apply to access 'The Friends Fund' to finance 

the purchase of new equipment or facilities  to meet our aims .

Like any charity we rely on the generosity of the public to continually achieve our goal of supporting and supplementing the NHS services supplied on the Isle of Wight. 


Due to Covid-19  operational changes within the IW NHS our outlets in Laidlaw and Out Patients Department in the main hospital are not operational at the moment. We are delighted however to let you know that our outlet in Ryde Wellbeing Centre has now re-opened for limited hours.  

After ending the  trolley service to the wards in March 2020, because of the pandemic, we are once again taking our much-appreciated items to patients, including newspapers, toiletries and ‘treats’.

Before the trolley starts each round, however, a check is made where it can be taken safely that day. “And the volunteers who run the service are reporting a warm and enthusiastic welcome from everyone it reaches,” said Friends chairman, Lesley Myland.


We are  extremely grateful to those who continue to generously donate to the Friends by shopping in our retail outlets, by remembering us in their wills, through fundraising activities or by sparing change in our collection tins found around the Island.

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Get Involved


The Friends of St Mary's would not run without our dedicated team of volunteers.


Whether it is pushing the daily ward trolley, serving refreshments or working in our shop providing a warm and friendly smile or a comforting ear, the role of one of our volunteers is never boring.

We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in joining our team of volunteers at the Friends.


Just hit the button below.

At some point, we or someone close to us 

have or may require St Mary's Hospital. We help to make the whole experience that little bit better. 


We rely on the generosity of the community to achieve our aims. Whether it is a coffee./tea or a sandwich bought in one of our cafés, buying a gift in our shops, putting your loose change in our collection tins or remembering us in a will, it all adds to improving the life of both patients and staff on the Island.

Click below to find out how to donate.

Fundraising is a great way to support us and also a brilliant way of spreading the word about Friends of St Mary's.

Do you like running, baking cakes,knitting, sky diving or simply going for a walk?


Well, we would love to hear from you because, no matter what you enjoy, it can be used to raise funds for us.

If you would like to fundraise for us, just click the button below to get in touch.


What better way of supporting us, than you having the potential to win big prizes.

When you play the Unity Lottery through us, Friends of St Mary’s receives 50p for every ticket that you buy!

It might not sound like a lot, but the more you play and the more people who play, the more money we get to achieve our goal!

Click below to start playing.


We love to let people know what we're up to here at the Friends.

So as well as our regular newsletter, we also share news and updates via social media platforms.

We use Facebook to fulfil this purpose and would love you to follow along as we support the Island's only hospital, St Mary’s.

Click below to follow us.


We are grateful to all those that choose to support Friends of St Mary's. To show our appreciation we offer everyone the chance to be a member of 'The Friends'.

Becoming a member means that you will receive regular email updates on our activities and events and will be invited to our AGM each year. There are no obligations from you, just a few details!

Click below to join us.


Since 2000 we have funded 1.5 million of equipment and facilities to IW NHS. 


Admin Cottage

St Mary's Hospital


Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG



Tel: 01983 534 405

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