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The League of Friends of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital

The League of Friends (the League) of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital (K&CH) raises funds to buy a wide range of gifts, equipment and other items to benefit patients attending the hospital as well as visitors and the staff. In total, since it was established in 1953, it has raised over £8 million for the hospital. In addition, the League, mainly through its many volunteers, provides a range of other services including the running of three shops and a kiosk throughout the hospital. We are very proud that the achievements of the League were formally recognised in 2015 when we were presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE equivalent for the voluntary and charitable sectors.

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Many scientific studies have shown that people who volunteer have better mental health, less heart disease, less depression and live longer. 

Why not join us in supporting the Kent & Canterbury Hospital? Volunteers are needed in our Covid-secure hospital shops or you could join one of our 9 city and village groups. Look forward to the social, mental and health benefits it will bring, as well as adding fun and years to your life! You will certainly receive a warm welcome. 


EXCITING NEWS – our main hospital shop in the 1937 building has been refurbished, Covid-friendly with the safety of our customers and staff of the utmost importance.  Many new lines have been added and a warm welcome awaits you in the new modern environment.  Why not try our new coffee bean machine and pick up a loyalty card.

Opening times (Monday-Friday)

Main Shop in the main hospital entrance: 

7.30am-5pm (Mon-Fri)  /  8am-4pm (Sat)  

Outpatients Dept Shop: 8.30am-3.30pm (Mon-Fri)  / Closed weekends

Fracture Clinic Shop: 9am-3pm (Mon-Fri)  / Closed weekends

Children's Assessment Centre Kiosk: 11am-2pm week days

Each year we aim to spend £250K on gifts for the hospital benefitting patients, staff and visitors. Thank you to all our customers, new and existing, for your support in helping us to achieve our aim.

FUNDRAISING:  With some of our fundraising curtailed, we are particularly grateful for any online donations received using the 'donate now' tab above, so that we can continue to support the hospital.  All monies received will only be spent at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, with particular emphasis on supporting our wonderful hard-working NHS staff.    

Latest news

  • Physio Gym Physio Gym GiftsSenior Physiotherapist, Connor Jayes, shows Canterbury South group the items they have purchased for the department.
  • Raizer Raizer ChairThis useful equipment greatly benefits patients who have fallen and staff lifting them.