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.
Brilliant day at Family Fun Day at Singlers Marsh last Saturday (22nd June)! Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to making it such a success and raising another £560 for our charity.
Patients benefit from our help in a variety of ways. It may be equipment we have funded, extra facilities we help to provide or the effort we make to ensure the best possible environment for their stay in our care. Recently we have agreed to purchase a new hoist for use in the in-patient area at Danesbury. This will greatly benefit the comfort of patients – and make the task of the nursing staff more efficient.
At Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, the Friends paid for revamping the courtyard a few years ago and now, each year, we prepare it in anticipation of some summer weather replacing plants and furnishing where necessary.
Occasionally we get requests for something quite different. Recently we have been asked to fund music therapy sessions. Trials have been run earlier this year by a team from Chiltern Music Therapy. The response from patients and staff has been amazing. All the participants reported significant benefits. For some it was improved movement, for others it helped speech and also, attention levels. And importantly, it was fun! In response to this request the Friends have agreed to pay for a series of additional sessions.
If you are one of the many who help us in our work you should be delighted to know that youare making a real difference to our patients’ lives.