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.


A sample of the equipment purchased by the Falls Clinic with a grant from the Friends

A sample of the equipment purchased by the Falls Clinic with a grant from the Friends

Thanks to very generous donations and bequests, the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community are able to award grants to individuals and organisations involved in healthcare in the community, not just Savernake Hospital.

In 2018 we have supported various departments and clinics located at Savernake Hospital, New Road Centre in Marlborough. Julia’s House in Devizes, the Arts Together Wellbeing Service and Brigher Futures, to name but a few.  Please click here for information about all other grants awarded to date by the Friends of Savernake Hospital.

Read below about how to apply for a grant and the testimonials of recent grant recipients.

How to apply for a Grant from the Friends

Dementia aids for Ailesbury Ward - 1940s scrapbook

Dementia aids for Ailesbury Ward – 1940s scrapbook

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Friends, you can either:



Both the pdf and the online Grant Application Form explain the types of grant application which will be considered and the grant application procedure.

Cheque for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

Cheque for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal

The areas within which the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community can help organisations and individuals are the Marlborough and Pewsey Community Areas as defined by Wiltshire Council. For a full list of the parishes covered, please click here to visit the Marlborough Area Community website.

Please note that the Friends no longer provide grants for defibrillators.


Testimonials from Grant Applicants

The Friends are always delighted to receive feedback from grant recipients and learn how theirs grants have helped improved the health and wellbeing of the local community.  Please let us know the difference our grant has made – click here to email us.

Carole Walker, Manager of the Jubilee Centre in Marlborough High Street – testimonial

Background: The Jubilee Centre provides both a day centre for those who might otherwise be isolated by physical disablement, sickness and age, as well as a drop in centre for the over sixties. In 2014 the Friends provided a grant for £100 to help cover some of the transport and associated costs in taking members on social outings where they could benefit from a simulating day out, a change of scenery and companionship.

Members and volunteers of the Jubilee Centre enjoying an outing to Millets Farm 2014

Members and volunteers of the Jubilee Centre enjoying an outing to Millets Farm 2014

As Carole explained: “Guests and entertainers are really important to our members.  They’ve seen us (staff and volunteers) all morning and it’s nice for them to meet lots of different people who can offer all sorts of skills and variety of entertainment for the members.  They love music and singing, visits from the mobile library and lots of guest speakers.  A great example was a speaker from Avebury Manor whose specialist knowledge and insight into all the work that had been done to restore the house inspired the member to vote for an outing to tour the Manor House.  The members visited in three small groups so each group was able to take the tour together, have plenty of time to interact and ask questions even doing their chair exercises in the Manor House on the restored chairs!  The day trips provide stimulation for members who, without the volunteers’ support, might never or only rarely leave their homes.  The fear of falling means many only feel safe outside the home when accompanied.  Trips contribute to mental well-being, giving the chance to notice the changing seasons, have companionship, something to look forward to and give a welcome change of environment.  They love simple things like a visit to a garden centre and a pub lunch or just driving around places they used to know.”


Keith Marshall, Practice Manager, Great Bedwyn Surgery – testimonial

Background: In 2015 the Friends provided a grant to Great Bedwyn Surgery to assist with the operational costs of a trial by the GPs of a new piece of blood testing equipment.  The Alere Afinion Test System allows GPs to determine in minutes, by way of a simple skin prick test, whether a patient requires antibiotics.

Alere Afinion Test System - will add certainty to the prescribing of antibiotics

Alere Afinion Test System – will add certainty to the prescribing of antibiotics

“Great Bedwyn Surgery are very grateful to The Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community for assisting with funding the operation costs of an innovative piece of equipment that we have recently acquired.  We have purchased an Alere Affinion Machine. This piece of equipment assists GPs in informing whether to prescribe antibiotics or not.

The public will have seen much in the press recently about the unnecessary over prescribing of antibiotics in the NHS and whether they will be effective or not.  This piece of equipment, with a simple  finger prick test on a patient,  can measure the CRP levels in a blood sample, and can give the GP a definitive answer as to whether the prescribing of antibiotics is likely to be effective or not.

It is estimated that the prescribing of antibiotics costs the NHS last year around £192million, although around 1 in 4 prescriptions is likely to have been ineffective. This machine will allow GPs to correctly ascertain whether they will  be effective, and in the longer term reduce prescribing costs.

Whilst it is still very early days, initial tests in the first 10 days of usage resulted in 5 patients being tested and antibiotics being prescribed to only 2 patients, where otherwise a prescription for antibiotics would have been the GP’s most likely option.

The machine also has the ability to measure HbA1c levels, which are the main indicator as to whether a patient has diabetes.  The tests can be randomly done, again with a simple finger prick test, for example when we are carrying out NHS Health checks to the 40-75 year age group, or they can be done to more actively manage already diagnosed diabetic patients.

We are very grateful to the Friends, for their help and support with this grant.”


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