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.
There is no newsletter for February this year; we expect to resume with monthly newsletters from March.
Danesbury and QVM charity shop window over Christmas
With the festive season behind us, we can look back over the past year and take stock of all the ways in which the Trust has been able to support the Danesbury and QVM Hospitals. It is with the help of all the people who have so kindly donated their time, or given a financial donation, that we have been able to make this happen. We would like to thank you for this, as well as for supporting our local charity shop in Welwyn village, especially in this era of ‘click and buy’.
Our previous articles have mentioned that the Charity is looking for new Trustees and we are delighted to announce that David Jubb has agreed to join the Board with immediate effect. David previously worked as the Relief Manager at the Friends shop in Welwyn village and so he is already well acquainted with the workings of the Charity. We are sure that his skillset and experience will complement those of the other Trustees.
The objectives of the Charity were amended in 2019 such that, whilst our purpose is still very much concerned with Danesbury Neurological Centre and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, we are now able, ‘subject to available funds, to support NHS hospitals, Homes, Clinics and other Facilities in the county of Hertfordshire currently existing and such other units as may be opened to serve the same population.’
This development has obviously become known within the NHS as we have been approached for support for initiatives at the Holywell Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in North Watford, where we have given £4,000 for improvements to the garden area.
When patients return to their home environment, one of the most daunting areas for them to face is the kitchen and so having a kitchen in the hospital, where they can relearn skills, is a vital part of their rehabilitation. With this in mind, the Charity has recently committed to give £20,100 for the refurbishment of the kitchen at Danesbury. All of this helps the well-being and rehabilitation of the patients and would not be possible without your loyal support, and for that we are always very grateful.
Finally, the Charity is currently looking for new Trustees and, in order to build on the range of skills offered by the existing Trustees, we are particularly looking for people with experience of HR and/or knowledge of the workings of the NHS. If you feel that this might be something where you could add value and which would interest you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.