Originally ‘The League of Friends’ and 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 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.
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 NHS departments apply to access 'The Friends Fund' to finance the purchase of new equipment or facilities to meet our aims . Our elected board of trustees analyse the costs and benefits of each request, awarding funds accordingly.
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. We raise funds through our shops and cafés in the main hospital foyer, Laidlaw Outpatients and Ryde Well-being Centre as well as our main hospital daily ward trolley. We are also extremely grateful to those who generously donate to the Friends by remembering us in their wills, through fundraising activities or by sparing change in our collection tins found around the Island.
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.
PLAY THE LOTTERY
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.
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.
CONNECT WITH US
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.
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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.
BECOME A MEMBER
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!
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St Mary's Hospital
Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 534 405