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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.

Roger, Marianne and Maggie



December 2019

The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

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 eight 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 the past six years, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer in our shop in Welwyn which is the principal source of our income. She is, therefore, well-placed to understand fully the workings of our Charity and 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 both our very best wishes for the future.  Our picture shows Marianne, flanked by several decades of valuable experience!

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


You can download previous Newsletters here: November 2019
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