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’ AGM 2017 – Wednesday 10th May, 7.30pm – All Welcome
The Friends’ 2017 AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th May at 7.30pm in the Court Room of the Marlborough Town Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm when you will have the opportunity to meet the trustees and enjoy and cup of tea or coffee whilst looking at our storyboards detailing the grants we have given over recent months. Our speaker this year will be Dr Anna Collings of the newly merged Marlborough Medical Practice and Pewsey Surgery (to be known as the Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership). Cheque presentations will also be made by the Friends to Arts Together and St Mary’s Primary School Marlborough. We do hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend.
Click here for details.
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.
Friends’ History Project Attracts University Interest
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.
More Hospital Memories have also been added for July 2016. 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
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.