The League of Friends group was formed and called the “Shrewsbury Hospital Group League of Friends”, which included all of the three local hospitals and Shelton Hospital. This group was linked to the National League of Friends.
The Shrewsbury Hospitals League of Friends was established and the first shop was opened in South Hospital, with the first day takings being £28.
The League of Friends of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was formed following the opening of the Hospital by Prince Charles.
Awarded the Queens award for voluntary service for outstanding achievements and commitment to helping others.
The Friends now have four shops situated around the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with a turnover around £750,000. The shops are the Friends front line and are manned by around volunteers along with a few paid helpers; every day they all work tirelessly running the shops which also includes taking out a daily trolley service to the wards selling newspapers, confectionary and toiletries. The service is welcomed by both patients and staff alike. Some patients may not receive any visitors, so to see two smiling faces arriving at their bedside with a trolley full of goodies is most welcoming. All the profits from the shops are put towards the purchase of much needed, essential equipment for the RSH
As well as income from the shops we receive generous legacies and donations which are greatly appreciated. Other income comes from our fundraising activities. We have a very active fundraising group of 28 volunteers who work hard throughout the year organising events which adds £30,000 – £40,000 annually to the Leagues income.
In the last two years the Friends have donated over £2million to the Shrewsbury hospital. This has only been possible because of the kindness and generosity of so many people in Shropshire and Mid – Wales. We receive many generous donations and legacies from people who have made provision in their will and every penny we receive is used to buy much needed hospital equipment which continues to improve patient care and provide a “lasting gift for generations to come”