The Association of Friends of All Hallows Hospital Supporting All Hallows Healthcare Trust have raised £1,000,000.
Through hard work, commitment and help from donations and legacies, the Friends have reached the amazing milestone of £1 million pounds for All Hallows Healthcare Trust, Ditchingham.
The committee organise fundraising events year round, in addition to which there is also an extended larger group of Friends which regularly contribute funds, either monthly or annually, whatever they are able to afford. Since the late Seventies, a Garden Party, held in the grounds of All Hallows Hospital, and a Christmas Bazaar continue to be organised every year, together with many more events, including quizzes, musical evenings, monthly raffles, fashion shows, concerts, special guest speakers and much, much more. The latest fundraising project is to purchase specialist overhead hoists for rooms within both the Hospital and the Nursing Home.
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We, the Friends of All Hallows Hospital supporting All Hallows Healthcare Trust, are a group of people whose aim in life is to help the Trust provide local people, patients and residents, with all the extras that perhaps the NHS hospitals aren’t in a position to provide. Through hard work, commitment and help from donations and legacies, we are delighted to announce that we have reached the amazing milestone of £1 million pounds for All Hallows Healthcare Trust, Ditchingham.
2012 is already a memorable year for us all, with the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics – now closer to home this incredible achievement just has to be recorded. Our fantastic fundraising team are all volunteers giving up their time to help others in the community and it is difficult to put a value on what has been achieved and certainly impossible to quantify the difference we have made to the lives of so many people.
In 1976 a group of local people agreed to help the Sisters from the Community of All Hallows who owned the hospital, to raise funds in order to pay for central heating oil to keep the hospital warm! The team received such wonderful support from local people, and with help from Dr Maidment a Bungay GP, very soon afterwards the Association of Friends of All Hallows Hospital was formed. Many local people and hospital staff subsequently became members of the Friends helping to raise funds, their mission to enhance the fabric of the building and provide equipment to improve the patients’ stay.
Thirty-six years on, with huge support from local people and local businesses, this amazing milestone has come about by way of legacies, funeral monies in lieu of floral tributes, donations and our fundraising events. Our Friends’ Committee organise fundraising events year round, in addition to which there is also an extended larger group of Friends which regularly contribute funds, either monthly or annually, whatever they are able to afford. Since the late Seventies, a Garden Party, held in the grounds of All Hallows Hospital, and a Christmas Bazaar continue to be organised every year, together with many more events, including quizzes, musical evenings, monthly raffles, fashion shows, concerts, special guest speakers and much, much more. Our latest fundraising project is to purchase specialist overhead hoists for rooms within both the Hospital and the Nursing Home.
It is only through the support of both local people and local companies that we have achieved this wonderful milestone. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has supported us throughout the years – we really could not have done it without you! Every penny of monies received is given back to the community and we feel privileged to be of help.
The Chief Executive of All Hallows Healthcare Trust added: “The Friends Association has worked tirelessly since 1976 raising funds enabling the Trust to purchase equipment, develop our buildings, and help set up new services. When funding was tight, the Friends stepped in to fund inpatient beds for local people and they have been an enormous support to us. We welcome this opportunity to celebrate such a significant achievement.”
All Hallows Hospital has a wonderful history. Built in 1872 the earliest records tell of burns from paraffin lamps and injuries from falls from carts and horses. Doctors and surgeons cared for the sick; qualified nurses were a rarity at that time. Day-to-day nursing was carried out by the Community Sisters and their voluntary helpers. In 1902 the Community had a fully trained nurse, Sister Augusta, who worked at the Hospital. At this time, the Sisters did everything from cooking and cleaning to nursing. Patients came to the Hospital for surgery and medical care and there were also beds for those who needed constant nursing during the last few days of their life. The First World War put a stop to much of the Hospital’s care for local people, as wounded and sick soldiers were looked after during a four-year period.
In 1933 the Maternity Department became established and mothers from surrounding villages came to have their babies at the Hospital. In 1968, after 35 years the Maternity Department was closed and the NHS funded eight of the beds. The Hospital was staffed by a professional lay team with the Sisters from the Community continuing to care for the patients’ and relatives’ pastoral needs.
In 1994 the Community took over the operation of the 38 bedded residential home in Bungay called “Fairlands”, and renamed it “Adele House” now known as “All Hallows Nursing Home”, providing long term nursing care with respite beds available too.
The Day Treatment and Therapy Centre was built and funded from the largest legacy left to the Friends in May 2004 and offers a traditional home-cooked meal, a bath, if required, and a range of activities for up to 24 local people per day, five days a week. It is a lifeline for some, the only day out for others, a very real and enjoyable sociable visit. It also gives carers an opportunity to have a day to themselves whilst their loved one is being cared for in a safe environment. Specialist Palliative Daycare is also available at the centre.
In May 2007 due to the Sisters’ reducing numbers, among other things, and following discussions in the wake of the Bishop of Norwich’s Visitation to the Community, it was agreed to form a Trust. An independent registered charity and a company limited by guarantee was then formed; All Hallows Healthcare Trust with a Community leader on the Board of Trustees ensuring the ethos of the Community of All Hallows remains part of the new Trust. The Friends Association was subsequently renamed The Friends of All Hallows Hospital supporting All Hallows Healthcare Trust.
If you ever visit All Hallows Hospital you will not only find welcoming warmth and friendliness but you will be surrounded by facilities that have been paid for, in part, by the Friends. A new generator, new washing machines, tumble dryers, new buildings, special equipment, all have helped to provide much comfort to our patients during their illness and help aid their convalescence.
A recently retired nurse, having worked at the Hospital for the past twenty-four years, said “The Hospital staff and patients are very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people. The additional comfort provided in the last stages of life by our Friends is especially important.”
Sister Sheila from the Community of All Hallows added, “my own memories of my time with the Friends, is of a kaleidoscope of people, ideas, events and equipment purchased and even building projects part subsidised by a small, dedicated bunch of people who didn’t really know the meaning of the word NO. It was an inspiration and where the Hospital would have been without them, I really don’t know.”
With a committee of eighteen, five of which are executive members, the Town Reeve of Bungay as President during his or her term of office, and our Honorary Life President, we, the Friends, are going forward stronger than ever without any sign of slowing down. However, we do need new members to help continue raising funds for the Trust. If you would like to become a Friend or volunteer for the Trust, we would love to hear from you. Do ring the Hospital’s Reception, on 01986-892728.
Mr John Randle, Chairman of All Hallows Healthcare Trust, said “Without the remarkable support and fundraising of the Friends over the decades, the Hospital and the Nursing Home would have been in serious problems instead of being the thriving communities they are today. I stress the word “communities” because community is the great benefit which the Friends bring to us by involving such a wide spectrum of local knowledge, talent and generosity of spirit to our work in caring for our patients and residents.
The Trustees are very mindful of the support we receive and ever grateful for the enhancement which the Friends bring to our service. We give our thanks for the last 36 years and have confidence that the Friends will continue to help us in mutual endeavour for at least the next 36.”
Finally, may we once again thank all our supporters for their wonderful kindness and we offer our deep appreciation to all the thoughtful people who so kindly arrange for legacies and donations in lieu of funeral floral tributes – everything that comes to us, your Friends, is immensely appreciated. Without this kindness from local people, we would not be able to function as well as we do and certainly wouldn’t have achieved what we have today. It really would be impossible to over-emphasize just how grateful both the Friends and All Hallows Healthcare Trust truly are, for the on-going support of our local community.
If you are interested in joining the group of Friends please click here for an application form.