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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 four shops 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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EXCITING NEWS – the refurbishment of our main hospital shop in the 1937 building is now complete, 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 out new coffee bean machine and pick up a loyalty card.

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:  As most of our fundraising has been suspended, we are particularly grateful for any donations received during this difficult time, 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.   

Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times. 

Latest news

  • Suction Pumps Suction PumpsThe League was happy to fund scar suction pumps for the Hand Therapy department, which have aided many post surgical patients who experience difficulties managing their scars.
  • Shop Refurbishment Major Shop RefurbishmentOur shop in the main entrance of Kent & Canterbury Hospital has undergone a major refurbishment - the first since it opened in 1989. Modern, professional and transformed - staff and customers are delighted with the result.