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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.



May 2020

The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

It was a sad day on 17 March when we closed our shop in Welwyn Village for the first time in 27 years. Our thanks go to Joy Wearing and all of the staff for ensuring that this was effected in an orderly fashion and with the minimum of risk to all involved. As a charity we have recently overhauled our risk register but, whilst we had incorporated business continuity planning, this was clearly not something that we had countenanced. What we have done, however, is to document all the actions that we took, including, of course, making sure that all valuable items were safely locked away.
Even though the shop is closed, we felt that it was important to ensure that the shop looked at its best over Easter and to give a bit of cheer to anyone who might be passing by on their daily exercise outing or shopping for food or medicines. Our sincere thanks go to Georgia Shaw and her husband for this wonderful seasonal display.

May pic

Given the pressures now on the infrastructure of the NHS, the work of the charity is, arguably, more important now than it ever was and, with this in mind, the Trustees were not daunted by the current strictures and ‘met’ for their monthly meeting via teleconference. One of the topics that we discussed was how we could support NHS staff during this challenging time. We asked our contact at Danesbury and the immediate answer was … hand-moisturiser. They have all been scrupulously washing their hands so often that they are chapped and sore. Moisturiser was duly ordered and delivered to the two hospitals. We will, of course, continue to liaise with staff at all of the medical units that we support in order to see how we can support them.

Whilst the charity is in a fortunate position to have adequate reserves to call upon, the loss of income from the shop and the increased demand on our resources come as a ‘double whammy’ and, if you feel you would like to assist us in our work, please do visit
Please find time to remember staff and patients at Danesbury and QVM in your thoughts.

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April 2020

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