Recent News

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.


New Chair for our Charity 

At our AGM on 22nd October, our Chairman, Roger Huggins, formally announced his resignation, as well as that of Margaret, his wife and Secretary of our charity.

Roger has been our Chairman for the past nine years, and Margaret has been with us for an amazing twenty-five years!  Inevitably, after all that time they have become deeply involved with the charity and the contributions they have both made through their knowledge, wisdom, experience, and also their good company, will be greatly missed.

Under Roger’s leadership, the scope of the Charity’s remit has been expanded to include all similar facilities within the County of Hertfordshire, so that we are now able to offer our greatly-valued support to a much wider population than before. 

Happily, Marianne Hawes will be our new Chair with immediate effect.  Marianne has been a Trustee for nearly six years, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer in our shop in Welwyn which is the principal source of our income.  So she is well placed to fully understand the workings of our Charity, and of course she has the full support of the other Trustees.  In addition, Roger has very kindly offered to be on hand to advise and encourage Marianne over the coming months.

We were delighted to make a very grateful presentation of flowers, prized whisky and some fine glasses to help ease Roger and Margaret into their retirement, and we offer them our very best wishes for the future.  Our picture shows Marianne, flanked by several decades of valuable experience!

Roger, Marianne and Maggie



November 2019

 Friends of Danesbury and The Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital 

 Every retailer, on the High Street or online, has now been focussed on the coming of Christmas. There is no escape! As is now the accepted pattern the runup to the festive season begins as soon as the clocks go back – if not even earlier. Maybe it is the welcome distraction we all need. 

And so, the Friends are hoping to benefit from all the seasonable goodwill. Our Welwyn shop has a great selection of inexpensive gift ideas to help you deal with your own Christmas list. As always, we have produced a modest range of greetings cards using designs created by people connected with the charity. All our cards are produced at Danesbury, so every penny raised comes straight to us. By buying anything from the Friends you are helping us to support the work of Danesbury Neurological Centre and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital. 

It is always worth remembering that the Friends provide a wide variety of ‘things’ to support our patients. It is easy to make much of the expensive equipment we purchase but no less valued are the little touches. Recently we funded a chiropodist to treat a patient. On another occasion we bought fish & chips for a patient who needed encouragement to eat – the nurse knew this would work because we already buy fish & chip suppers for all patients each month. A recent patient, a music lover, pointed out that our piano needed tuning and so we hired a local piano tuner to do the necessary work. And the patient was right, it did need tuning! 

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You can download previous Newsletters here:       October 2019
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