Christmas Bazaar

We held a very successful Bazaar on the 18th November thanks to all the local businesses for their kind donations and volunteers who manned the various stalls and to all those that attended. The sum of £2,371 was raised for The League of Friends.

To keep up to date with all the news during the past few months, please click on the following link to read the latest League of Friends Newsletter.
Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Change of Name to - Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities

Changes are afoot at one of East Gloucestershire’s leading local charities.

Members of the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital have voted to change their name and upgrade their charitable status to reflect better the work that they do.

The Friends, who are to become known as the Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities, provide health and social care within Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding villages. This includes a Home Nursing Team providing end of life care, patients transport and a range of other services and funding that supports the local community. Members consider that the present name does not reflect accurately the widespread work that they do.

“There is still a perception by a large number of people that our services are mainly associated with supporting Fairford Hospital,” said League chairman Graham Hewitt. “This doesn’t help promote the work that is actually being done. 95 percent of our work is focused on the community and only 5 percent within Fairford Hospital which is now an Outpatients Clinic.

“A name change will reflect better the work we do, will reduce confusion and should further strengthen the support we have in the community” said Graham. The League will continue to strongly support Fairford Hospital as it is an extremely valuable facility.

They aim to introduce the name change next year.

At the same time as changing its name the League will change its charitable status. At present it is an Unincorporated Organisation. With the responsibilities that the League has the Charity Commission recommend operating as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which provides a better platform for delivering the services.

2017 House to House Collection

The Chairman of The League of Friends, Graham Hewitt has announced that we have so far collected an amazing £17,350 excluding gift aid. Graham said "This is a incredible result which is totally due to the hard work and commitment from all our collectors as well as the great support we receive from our local community. Well done and thank you every one".

Midcounties Co-operative Donation

Following the news that we have received a donation of over £400 from the Carrier Bag Good Causes Fund, Graham Hewitt commented,

"We are extremely pleased and grateful to the Governance Panel of the Midcounties Co-operative Good Causes Fund for nominating The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital to benefit from this funding award. It will help us to continue providing health related support to the people in our local community. As a small charity providing benefits to the local community it is always heartening to receive support from a local business and we thank you for this support".

For more information on the Midcounties Co-operative, please follow this link Midcounties Co-operative.

Home Nursing Team

At a time when authorities throughout the country are facing the prospect of a breakdown in their community care, Fairford Hospital League of Friends has had some good news about its own home nursing service.

Friends in the Community Home Nursing, its organisation run by Celia Kennedy, has been given a good report by the national health watchdog the Care Quality Commission following an inspection of its palliative care service last summer. The CQC rates the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The report draws attention to the fact that the team provides safe, effective care which enables patients to live in their own homes and comments: “People and their relatives praised the care they received… it was personalised to their needs, wishes and goals. People told us that they felt listened to.”

The report added that the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital has clearly identified a need for this service in their area. It went on: “Patients told us that the staff spent time with them and were rarely rushed.” The care given had a positive impact and the report went on to say: “People felt they were treated with dignity and respect. There was a caring culture.”

Said the League of Friends’ chairman, Graham Hewitt: “We are delighted that the work of our hard-working team has impressed the inspectors yet again. This is a difficult time for the UK’s care services and we are glad that our own work in this area passes muster with the nation’s experts. He thanked Celia Kennedy for the leadership she has shown over the years. “We are fortunate to have such excellent nurses and to live in this generous area which responds so freely whenever we ask for money. It is comforting to know the effort helps such a top-notch service as this.”

The overall rating received from the CQC was "Good".

To view the whole report, visit: Care Quality Commission.

Family Support Funding

We have recently introduced a new service to provide funding for health care support and short term respite care in ares of need for families and carers of all ages. This can typically range from funding additional hours at specialist respite centres for children and young adults, to short term respite care to enable carers to have breaks.

Although early days, we have already been able to help a number of local families and we will continue to offer further help where needed.