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.


A big thank you from the GWH Maternity Department Team – Better Births Appeal

GWH Maternity Department Team

The GWH Maternity Department Team have recently sent this photo of thanks for the £10,000 grant from the Friends for the Better Births Appeal (see the Latest News page for more information).


Over £29,000 given in health-related grants by the Friends in 2019!

2019 was another bumper year for health-related grants to Savernake Hospital and the local community.  2019 ended with a pledge of £10,000 towards Brighter Futures’ “Better Births Appeal”.  Visit the Latest News page for more details.


Grants available to support health and well-being in the local community 

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.



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.


Our AGM Storyboards – a snapshot of the Friends’ work

At each AGM we prepare a set of storyboards for attendees to look at, which provide a snapshot of the work carried out by the Friends over the previous year.

Click here to scroll through the most recent set of storyboards.


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.

Raizer Chairs

Set out below is an update from Dawn Wilson, Chair of the Pewsey Community Area Partnership about the Raizer chair which the Friends helped to fund:

“I thought I would write and let you know how effective the Raizer Chair you funded has been.  At the last Pewsey Area Board we had a report on how the year had gone from a SWAST Governor and two of our volunteer Community First Responders. Since March 2019, when the chair had been purchased and the training given, it has been called out specifically over 20 times.  Of those just over 50% saved an ambulance and crew having to call, not to mention the long wait as a fall is not a high priority and the wait can be hours.  In one situation the Paramedics on an ambulance called the first responders to attend because the Raizer Chair is more effective in tight spaces for raising a patient than the equipment on the ambulance! Pewsey Area Board and the parishes funded a second chair so we have 2 for Pewsey and Marlborough.  Upavon are now raising funds for one in their area and Tidworth is asking for information.  All in all a wonderful success saving ambulance time and pain and discomfort for those who have fallen and cannot get up without help.”

Ailesbury Ward – December 2019

“We are incredibly grateful for your kind support and commitment to our patients and staff throughout the year.” (Claire Robinson, Interim Head of Operations and Deputy COO, Wiltshire Health & Care

Brighter Futures

Click on the following link to read the letter received from Brighter Futures (a recent grant recipient) thanking the Friends for their ongoing support:  Savernake League of Friends Brighter Futures Dec 2018 Update (1)

Great Bedwyn Mobility and Friendship Group

Click here to read the positive feedback we have received from members of the Great Bedwyn Mobility and Friendship Group.


 Friends’ History Project 

The hospital donkey cart postcard

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


For those of you who would like to know 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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