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.
Grants available to support health and well-being in the local community
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.
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 about the recent visit to Savernake Hospital by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to officially open Prospect’s outpatient centre. The Duchess of Cornwall also had the opportunity to meet the Friends’ Chairman, Janet Louth.
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 History Project
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.
March 2016 – New for the History webpages – photos courtesy of George Barbour and Rob Dickens, and memoires from Dawn Griffis. Click here.
Does anyone remember the Silver Spoon Club or the Burying of the Time Capsule? Read about these and more on our new History subpage “Glimpses through the Ages”.
Our Hospital Shop
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.
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.