Time to remember work of the NHS - and a way you can help locally

Honiton Hospital & Community League of Friends unveil one of three new rainbow friendship benches

Honiton Hospital & Community League of Friends unveil one of three new rainbow friendship benches, this one at Allhallows in the town - Credit: Vernon Whitlock

On July 5th 1948 our NHS was born bringing free healthcare to everyone.  We will all have received care from this national institution in one way or another and most of the time we just reckon on it being there to help us in our time of need. 
In March 2020 when we were suddenly in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic, our frontline NHS staff kept all the critical services going from our Honiton Community Hospital and Surgery.
Honiton Hospital and Community League of Friends is a local charity dedicated to supporting the work of our local NHS and allied professionals. We also look to provide those little extra comforts that make a long shift easier to get through like some comfortable outside seating to take breaks in the fresh air on a sunny day and keeping all the flower pots around the grounds looking attractive through the seasons. We also own and run the vending machines in the foyer that are well used by staff, patients and visitors to the hospital; we would very muck like to upgrade them when funds allow.
July 5th has been designated NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day and it is hoped that each year, individuals and communities will use the time around this date to pay tribute to our NHS and Social Care staff and to the valuable work they do for us all.
Remember the NHS is absolutely there for us when we need it but it is local charities like ours that provide extras through our fundraising. and volunteering work, all donations go directly to support the care and health services you will use in Honiton. 
Traditionally this would have been the time of year for the much celebrated Honiton Hospital Fete.  As it is not possible to hold the fete at the hospital this year we are asking you to think of maybe holding little fundraising events of your own and donate the proceeds to Honiton Hospital League of Friends.  If each household raised a fiver then collectively we would be able to make a huge difference
The Conservative Club if holding a quiz night on July 3rd with proceeds to the League of Friends, a table of up to six for £2.50 per person can be booked by phoning 01404 42525.
On Charter Day, Saturday 31st July, you will find the League of Friends gazebo on Allhallows playing Fields.  We hope to recreate some of the traditional fete atmosphere with those popular games like “guess the number of sweets in the jar" and "guess the weight of the cake”.  There will also be lots of information about what services are available from the hospital so please do pop down and say "hello” as we will be very happy to see you!
To inform us of a fundraising event or to make a donation, email honitonhospitalfriends@gmail or phone and leave a message on 07966135442

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