The Friends’ Shop

Come and visit us!

The Friends' Shop mascot

The Shop mascot

The Friends of Savernake Hospital & Community (aka FoSH) opened the Shop at the Hospital on March 1st 2009. The tiny treasure trove of a shop is run by a team of wonderful volunteers, and aims to provide a first-class service to patients, staff and visitors. One of the most important of these is the daily Trolley Shop which is taken up on to Ailesbury Ward each morning.

If you’d like to know more about volunteering at the Shop, please have a look at the Volunteering page.


We are open every weekday between 9.30am and 3.30pm.  Additionally, a Trolley Shop is taken onto Ailesbury Ward every weekday at around 10.45am.

Who can resist these delightful knitted chicks?

Who can resist these delightful knitted chicks?

What does the Friends’ Shop sell?

  • newspapers and magazines  
  • paperbacks for 50p – bring one in and get another one free
  • sweets, crisps and biscuits
  • all sorts of toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, tissues and cotton wool 
  • envelopes, notepads and pens/pencils
  • cards and gift wrap for all occasions
  • first- and second-class stamps 
  • boxes of chocolates, gifts and lots of other goodies

We also have gorgeous handknitted items for gorgeous babies – volunteers Merryl and Elaine knit fabulous toys, and we’re sent baby wear from lovely ladies from all over the country.

We sell other useful things like hearing aid puffers (great for clearing out hair and fluff) and walking stick ferrules (that’s the rubber bit on the end of your walking stick or zimmer).

And if we haven’t got it, we’ll get it!  You only have to ask, so if you are visiting a patient on Ailesbury Ward and they need something, save yourself a journey and try us first.

FoSH Nosh – our cookbook

We’ve gathered some of our very favourite recipes into the FoSH Nosh Cookbook, to help raise funds for the Friends. It’s stuffed full of delicious, easy-to-make recipes, and at £5 makes a great present. Available from the Shop at Savernake Hospital.

Contacting the Shop

The Friends’ Shop telephone number is 01672 517317, but is only answered if a volunteer is there.

For more information about the Shop ring our Shop Coordinator, Juliet on 01672 513862/07979 757784 or email her here.

How the Friends’ Shop started

Val Compton is perhaps best known in Marlborough for her long and high profile campaign to save the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) and Day Hospital at Savernake. It culminated in no lesser place than the Royal Courts of Justice having nipped in to the House of Lords en route.  About 10 hearings were clocked up successfully, only losing on the last.

What’s not so well known is that Val, with the able assistance of Janet Louth (Friends’ Chair) set up the shop in Savernake Hospital.  Having got the go ahead from the Friends’ Committee, the shop project was tackled with customary zeal.  Val said it was quite a challenge as she’d never run a shop, let alone designed and set one up before!  The Friends’ Shop opened on March 1st 2010 with offers of help from over 20 volunteers.

Click here to see ‘The making of the Shop’

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