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League of Friends celebrate 60 years at George Eliot

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The incredible League of Friends based at the George Eliot Hospital celebrated 60 years this week.  A huge party celebrated volunteers both past and present at an event hosted in the George Eliot Hospital Chapel.

League of Friends have helped raise a staggering £4.5 million for the Hospital, since it was founded in 1955. This year the League of Friends is on target to raise over £250,000.

Two friendly tea bars, legacies and donations have helped to buy many pieces of medical equipment to support the hospital including defibrillators, electric fans, physiotherapy equipment, blood pressure monitors and many more invaluable items. The new birthing pools being installed within the Maternity Unit labour suite were also purchased by the League of Friends.

Acting Chief Executive Kath Kelly said “I want to personally thank everyone for everything they have done over the years. They are the unsung heroes of the George Eliot”

“What is so special is the way the community wraps around the hospital. Not only does the League of Friends provide important equipment, but also a cup of tea and comfort for patients and visitors.”

The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Barry Longden, his wife Mayoress Joan also said thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who give up their own time to help the hospital. Joan is herself a volunteer for the League of Friends and helps out once a month in the Friends café.

League of Friends was founded by Alderman Reg Hadden in 1955 and initially bought presents for patients.  Gradually the group grew into a strong organisation responsible for the services we see today. Volunteers, who are mainly retired local people, give up their own time to support this fantastic service.

Tea bars can be found in the corridor leading up to the main entrance to the hospital and on the ground floor of the maternity unit.

Both bars are entirely manned by this amazing group of volunteers who give up their time to support the bar.

The main tea bar is open between 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday and the maternity tea bar is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. The main tea bar is also open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The League would like to see more volunteers join them in the future. Most volunteers only give up one day of their time a month.

To find out about volunteering please email Siriol.Jones@geh.nhs.uk or call the League of Friends office on 024 7686 5000 (Monday - Wednesday 11.30am - 3.00pm or Friday 11.00am - 2.30pm).

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