September 2014 News


P1050659At our full members meeting on 25th June we were joined by Michael Reidy, Manager at the Rayner Green Resource Centre. Michael gave us an update on the centre, and members agreed to purchase two Dyson hot & cold fans for use at the centre. The fans are dual purpose and can be used for cooling down in the summer and heating up in the winter. If tipped over the fans automatically cut out and there are no blades or visible heating elements, which meets with health & safety regulations. I believe the fans have been well received at the centre and much used during the recent spell of hot weather!
We have also recently provided 3 Theracube maxi pressure reduction seat cushions for patient comfort on the wards at the Hospital.
The League of Friends have been pleased to make a donation of £1,000 to the Halesworth Carers’ Fund to support the excellent work they are doing in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Cutlers Hill Surgery to establish and run the Dementia Support Project. The aim of the fund is to support people living with dementia and their carers’ in Halesworth and the surrounding villages, and to increase the understanding of dementia ensuring that Halesworth is a ‘dementia friendly’ community.
We joined in the carnival fun with the Lions at the town park again this year. Thank you to members that volunteered to run the stall and for everyone that supported us. Altogether we raised a grand total of £115.30.
Our cake stall in the Thoroughfare outside Coopers last month was a great success. We sold a range of delicious homemade goodies including cakes, biscuits, cheese scones, rusks and bread; we were all sold out by 11.00am. Many thanks go to all our talented bakers, to those that sold and to everyone that purchased. We raised the fantastic sum of £158.14.
We were delighted to join St Mary’s Church in the recent Flower Festival and Civic Service to commemorate the start of World War 1 and honour the many lives lost. Patrick Stead came from Edinburgh to Halesworth in 1824 where he established a successful maltings business and was involved in opening up the River Blyth. He returned to Scotland in 1854 and, when he died in 1869, remembered Halesworth with a bequest of some £26,000 to establish a hospital in the town. The hospital opened on 6th September 1882. The outbreak of war in 1914 resulted in the Patrick Stead Hospital being used as a War Emergency Hospital, and up to 1st November 1915, 164 sick and wounded were treated. After the First World War an oak framed picture memorial was received by the Hospital in appreciation of war work. This is still on display in the hospital today and can be seen at the bottom of the stairs. Halesworth Museum has an original autograph book signed by soldiers who spent time at the hospital during the First World War, along with photographs. The autograph book was given to Mrs Ivy Moore by Miss M Cross in 1913 for “good work and perseverance”. Thanks to Halesworth Museum for lending us copies of entries from the autograph book, and photographs, to Patrick Stead Hospital for lending us the picture memorial for the week-end and to Katy Hennessy for creating an absolutely beautiful flower display.
We have received donations in memory of Mr C Hodges, Mrs P Nice, Mrs C Poulton, Mr H Winter-Hodges, Mr K Fenn, Mrs J Veasy and Joan Scriggins, as well as a donation from Mr & Mrs Bill Whatling and a Legacy from the estate of the late Mrs J Beazor. We give sincere thanks for all of these donations.
On Saturday 6th September Alan & Kath Witherby are hosting ‘Music in the garden’ at Rydal Mount, Grays Lane, Wissett, from 2.00 – 9.00pm, a fundraising event for Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund. There will be live music from Jack Pescod and Hannah Vogt, The Climax Jazz Quartet, Bob and John Linney, and Mojo Mechanics and the Occasionals. There will also be a bar, raffle, bbq, hog roast, auction and stalls and games. Tickets are £5 per person and are available from Café Frappa, Halesworth Book Shop and TIllys.
Our next full members’ meeting is on Wednesday 24th September in the Garden Room at 7.30pm. New members very welcome.