Volunteer Drivers Wanted
We are looking for volunteer drivers to take patients to their home, accompanied by staff, for a visit lasting about one hour. These visits will be by agreement and the driver would need to remain at the patient’s home before returning to Danesbury or QVM. The vehicle is automatic and you must be over 25 with a full UK driving licence.
If you think you may be able to help, please phone Suzy Caunt or Lizzie Williams on 01438 841846. Thank you.
The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital
Our thanks to all who supported the charity over the Christmas period, either by way of direct donations or by visiting the shop and buying goods. The shop took just over £8,500 in December, which is an excellent result.
Last month we reported that the patient kitchen in Danesbury had been completed, allowing patients to (re) learn skills in a specially-adapted kitchen which can be seen below.
This space allows the patient to work on multi-tasking, as well giving them the confidence to be independent in terms of looking after themselves. The kitchen was also fitted with a height adjustable cooker catering for those patients who are wheelchair-bound.
On Monday 20 January, the last remaining resident from the original Danesbury Home, Cicely (pictured here), was 94. The Friends charity was delighted to pay for a birthday cake and flowers to help her celebrate the ‘big day’.
Regular readers of these updates will know that the remit of the charity was amended last year, allowing us to support other facilities in Hertfordshire which offer similar services to those of Danesbury and QVM. With this in mind the Trustees recently visited the Rehabilitation Unit in the Herts & Essex Hospital in Bishops Stortford to make them aware of the ‘charter’ of the Friends charity and to gain an insight into the services provided by the unit and to understand their current requirements.