Who are we?

The League of Friends of Yeovil Hospital began in 1951 as an independent voluntary organisation and registered charity.  Since then we have raised the equivalent of in excess of £10 million for the benefit of our patients, their families and the staff who care for them.

The Friends of Yeovil Hospital is an independent charity and not part of Yeovil Hospital Charity.

How do we do it?

We receive bequests and donations from grateful patients and their families, supported by fund raising events which are fun to do and all help to raise awareness of our place in the hospital.  Regular income comes from The Friends Shop, The Friends Coffee Shop in ED and the daily Trolley Service round the wards.

What do we do with our funds?

We get requests from the medical and nursing staff for medical equipment and amenities for patients which are not readily available on the NHS.

Some of the items we have donated recently include

  • fans throughout the Emergency Department
  • refurbishing much of ED
  • special birthing bed for maternity
  • cardiac monitor
  • rehydration mug/beaker electronic combo
  • comfort holding wooden crosses/hearts
  • ophthalmology scope
  • hand-held vein finding device
  • Christmas presents for all in-patients

In the last financial year we were able to disburse £135,660 for such needs.

The Friends hospital shop

The Shop is located on level 3 opposite the main entrance.  It has a wide variety of stock, newspapers and magazines, hot and cold drinks, confectionery, toiletries and toys.  It is staffed mainly by volunteers and is open daily (including bank holidays), Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm and at weekends in the morning from 10am – 1pm, afternoons from 2pm – 4.30pm and again in the evening between 6pm and 8pm.  We also provide a weekday newspaper delivery and weekday trolley service to the wards. We are closed on Christmas Day.

All profits from The Friends Shop benefit the Hospital

During 2018 we were pleased to transfer to the main League of Friends of Yeovil Hospital, the profit of £114,700 from the years trading ending September 2017.  Under the guidance of their committee this money will be used to purchase equipment for the hospital.

Coffee shop in the Emergency Department

The Friends Shop successfully manages the coffee shop in the Emergency Department.  It is run by volunteers who serve hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.  We are urgently seeking volunteers to enable us to open for longer hours.

How can you help?

Join us! We are always delighted to hear from people who would like to volunteer and become a Friend either to work in The Shop, the Trolley Service, the Coffee Shop or help us with fund raising. We also welcome new committee members.

People can donate by downloading and completing The Friends Gift Aid form even if they are not taxpayers and cannot claim gift aid.  Either post the form or hand it in at The Friends Shop or the Hospital’s main reception.

Donation envelopes for the Friends of Yeovil Hospital are also available in The Friends Shop and in all Ward Clerks offices should you prefer to make a quick direct donation.

Alternatively a cheque can be sent directly to The Honorary Treasurer,  Friends of Yeovil Hospital, c/o Yeovil District Hospital, Yeovil BA21 4AT made out to League of Friends of Yeovil Hospital.

For more information contact:

The Friends of Yeovil Hospital:

Anne Bennett, Chairman: 01935 823271

Margaret Davis-Brown, Hon Secretary: 01935 477860

Jill Stevens, Hon Treasurer: 01935 823960

The Friends Shop:

Margaret Spurr, Chairman of The Friends Shop: 01460 241181

Shop Manager: 01935 384755

Registered Charity 220038