Recent News

November 2020

The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

The first few weeks since the shop opened have been, at best ‘experimental’. The footfall has not been as high as normal as there are, as anticipated, far fewer people on Welwyn High Street in general and people do not have the ‘stamina’ to queue up outside the shop. We have found that it is practical to increase the number of customers in the shop to three, which has meant that customers have not had to wait so long. This will, of course, be more beneficial as the weather turns to become more inclement.

Notwithstanding the above, we are delighted to report that the Welwyn shop is running at a small operating profit, augmented by eBay sales. Once again the shop window is looking wonderful, having been decked out (as shown below) in Autumn Glory by Georgia Shaw and her husband.

September photo

Once again this year we will be selling our own charity cards in the run-up to Christmas. We are appealing to all artists to submit designs to adorn this year’s Christmas cards. The design can be anything: a hand-drawn cartoon, a sketch, a painting or a photograph but the image should, of course, resonate with the Christmas period. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at the following email address:

or pop into the Charity shop. We would stress that the image must be your own original work and not subject to any copyright restrictions. A member of our board of Trustees, who runs the art therapy group at Danesbury, will choose several designs to adorn the Christmas cards.

Given the above-mentioned reduction in our income, we are now looking at new ways of raising money. These will be covered in subsequent articles to this publication and will also be well publicised. Do help us to support this important local charity at a time when the NHS needs your support more than ever. One new idea is that a lady in Stevenage has started making face masks for sale in our shop at £4.00 each. This idea alone has already added £140 to our funds. If you are in need of a cloth mask, do drop in and buy one.

You can download previous Newsletters here:

October 2020

September 2020