The Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community


We are the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community (otherwise known as “the Friends”).


We are a charity set up to support individuals and organisations involved in healthcare both at Savernake Hospital and in the wider community, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of those affected by ill health and or disability, and supporting their care and wellbeing.

Whether you want to know more about the trustees of the charity and what we do, find out about what goes on at Savernake Hospital, apply for a grant or join or support the Friends, you are in the right place.

Take a wander through the website, and if there is anything we can help you with, please contact us.


Friends 2018 AGM – Tuesday 8th May 

Thank you to our supporters and grant beneficiaries who attended our AGM at the Jubilee Centre on 8 May.  It was wonderful to receive an update on how grant money given by the Friends to Alzheimers Support is being used to provide so many services to the local community.  We were also delighted to hear from Brighter Futures as to how close they are to reaching their target for their Radiotherapy Appeal.  We also heard about the work of the Friends’ volunteers at Savernake Hospital, thanks to trustee and volunteer, Liz Wright, who spoke of the valuable role played by the volunteers not just in running the Shop and the Ailesbury Ward trolley, but also those volunteers who stop to spend time with patients on Ailesbury Ward – many of whom are extremely elderly and sometimes many miles from their homes, family and friends.


Grants available to support health and well-being in the local community – over £44,000 given in grants in 2017! 

Alzheimer’s Support – a support worker and client – recent beneficiaries of a grant from the Friends

Are you a local voluntary organisation, charity or healthcare provider helping people manage ill-health or disability?

Are you looking for financial support to help purchase health-related equipment, for a health-related project or ongoing costs?

If so, why not consider contacting the Friends for a grant?

Click here to find out more.



2017 – A Bumper Year for Grants – and Grant Applicants

Did you know…?   The Friends gave a record amount of over £44,000 in grants in 2017!

If you are a local charity, voluntary group or other body helping to improve the lives of those suffering from health issues and disabilities and are seeking funding, the Friends would be delighted to consider your grant application. Grants of up to £10,000 will be considered.


Updates from grant recipients

The Friends are always delighted to receive updates from grant recipients to hear how the grants provided by the Friends have helped to make a difference to those in the local community who suffer from ill-health and disabilities.  Click here to read the positive feedback we have received from members of the Great Bedwyn Mobility and Friendship Group who were given a grant in late 2017.

In recent months various members of our committee have had the opportunity to visit a session held by Arts Together, see the work done to create a new children’s hospice in Devizes by Julia’s House, and most recently to attend an exclusive preview of Marlborough St. Mary’s Primary School, who recently received a grant to purchase equipment for a sensory room which will benefit pupils at the school who have a range of special educational and complex needs.


Friends’ History Project – New World War 1 Account

The hospital donkey cart postcard

We were delighted to receive an account of life at Savernake Hospital during World War 1 from a recent visitor to our website whose mother had worked at the hospital during that time.  Click here to read the full article.

The Friends keep an archive of Savernake Hospital’s past, and we’re continually adding to the history pages on our website following the memorable history exhibition held by us  in 2009.  It provides a fascinating insight into local social history.

Thanks to the continuing work of former committee member, Val Compton, we have an historical “Who’s Who” page on our website covering Charles Ponting, Matron Lavington, Matron Blackwell, Rev J O Stephens, Samuel Farmer, Jack Spratt and Sir George Gilbert Scott – all individuals who made a significant contribution to Savernake Hospital through the decades.  Click here to read about their involvement- and that of a donkey(!) – with Savernake Hospital.

Click here to read more.


News and Events

For information about recent news or upcoming events, please look at our ‘Latest News‘ page, and we hope you will support us.

Read our article reminding members of the public how to use community defibrillators, which we have prepared with the assistance of The Community HeartBeat Trust.  It also tells you the locations of the community defibrillators which the Friends installed.


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Our Hospital Shop

Knitted delights made by our talented volunteers

We have a daily presence in Savernake Hospital through our fabulous little shop (including a trolley shop) staffed by volunteers.  Learn more about this on our dedicated Shop page.

Do pop in and have a browse – you’ll find us in the Reception area just in front of the café.



Community defibrillators – how you could help save a life

A few years ago the Friends funded the purchase of 10 community defibrillators for Marlborough and two adjoining parishes.

Community Defibrillator

Community Defibrillator

The Friends have an ongoing financial commitment to their maintenance.

The Friends have also run occasional defibrillator “Training Days” in Marlborough. The last one was held on October 23rd 2013, and over 300 people came along to learn about CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

For those of you that were not able to attend the training day, or who would like a refresher on when and how to use a defibrillator if an emergency arises, please click here to read our article “Community defibrillators – how you could help save a life” which we have prepared with the assistance of The Community HeartBeat Trust.  It also tells you the locations of the community defibrillators which the Friends installed.defib day boys

Click here to read more about the defibrillator training day and for photos.









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