The League of Friends of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital held its 63rd Annual General Meeting on 14 June. The new Lord Mayor, Councillor George Metcalfe was elected President for next year and Viv Pritchard was re-elected as Chairman.
In his report, the Chairman set out the activities and achievements of the League during 2015. It donated gifts to the hospital to the value of £110,000; this is lower than in previous years because fewer requests were received. As the League currently holds substantial charitable funds, the Chairman was hopeful that departments will be encouraged to apply for more funding this year.
The Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Kershaw, explained the challenges facing the NHS and gave an upbeat presentation on the future development plans for Health in East Kent. He said that the work of the Leagues of Friends was much valued by everybody within the Trust and by the community.
Certificates were presented by the Lord Mayor to a number of Friends’ volunteers to mark 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years of service, either helping in hospital shops or fundraising within the various city and village groups. Cyril Bohringer received a certificate for the 40 years he and his wife Gwen both served with the Sturry Group, up until Gwen sadly passed away earlier this year.