How we are funded

The Friends raise money in many ways:

1. Shop

The shop opens 7 days a week and raises a huge amount for the hospital. Last financial year it raised a profit of £55,935 and on 17th July 2014 it broke all records with a day’s takings of over £2,843 so please do pop in and support the shop. All the profits will go back to the RUH.

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

2. Coffee Shop

The Friends Coffee shop is a welcome haven. By having so many volunteers helping in the Coffee Shop it enables the profits to go directly back to supporting the hospital, so please pop in for some refreshments. With the new Coffee shop open for business we look set to raise a great amount.

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

Alice Lavery, Mercedes Ares and Pauline Gay

3. Summer Fete

Each year the Friends hold a Summer Fete. Last year’s was a huge success and raised over £5,225.00 towards a Specialist Bed Bike for Intensive Care Therapy Unit. The sun shone throughout the afternoon and visitors were entertained with music and stalls and sideshows.

This event would not go ahead without the generous donations of unwanted presents, cakes, books, toys, which we sell to raise money. If you have any good quality items such as unused toiletries or paperback books and puzzles, then please contact 01225 824046 to donate them to the Friends. Unfortunately we cannot take clothes or electrical goods.

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

Amy Williams with volunteer Ray Shepherd.

4. Autumn Raffle

At the end of November the Friends hold a raffle to raise money, often over £1,600. This pays for gifts which are handed out to patients who are in hospital over Christmas from a trolley wheeled round by a team of volunteers. Such a gift can make a big difference.

The Friends of the RUH volunteers also visited patients on the wards serving.
Senior charge nurse on Forrester Brown Trauma Unit, Simon Andrews, said patients and staff appreciated the effort. 

“This is so kind and I know the patients appreciate this, as the majority of our patients on Forrester Brown are immobile and many do not have visitors to go to the shop for them. I think the trolley idea is excellent. Many thanks for all the hard work of the volunteers. It makes a real difference.”

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

Pat selling raffle tickets

5. Book Sales

The monthly book sale is held in the Atrium opposite reception and has been running for a number of years. If you wander past on the first Monday of the month between 10.00am and 4.00pm, you will see a friendly group of volunteers selling a wide range of  paperback books.

Each book sale raises around £100 and last year raised a fantastic £1,600. Each book that sells pays for an emergency toiletry pack. If a patient has been rushed into hospital without a toothbrush or soap they can be given one for free by the Friends charity.

If you have any unwanted paperback books please consider donating them to the Friends of the RUH either in our shop in the main entrance, in our office B18 or call 01225 824046.

Maxine Jeffries, Jackie Cox and Fay James

Bob Wilkins

6. Donations given to the Friends

Many people are kind enough to make either a one off donation or give regularly to the Friends.