Chairman’s report to 48th AGM-March 2018

The League of Friends of Stratton Hospital

Chairman’s statement for Annual Accounts for y/e 31.12.17.

I was appointed chairman of The League of Friends at the 2017 AGM, and consequently, this is my first report. I cannot start without acknowledging the wonderful work undertaken by our former chairman, Candy Baker M.B.E. over many years. Her drive and enthusiasm was the catalyst for the modernisation of our community hospital, and the wonderful facility we have today. I am pleased to report that Candy remains as a trustee and we look forward to her continued support and knowledge over years to come.

My thanks are also extended to all the other trustees, and our treasurer, for their support during the last year. We meet bi monthly to consider requests from the hospital staff, and associated community services, to help with the purchase of equipment and services, which are not always readily available from the NHS.

I am pleased to report that we have been able to help with all their requirements this year. We do appreciate, as do the patients at the hospital, all the hard work that the nurses and staff give every day of the year to make life more comfortable for both inpatients and outpatients.

We could not make the above purchases without the tremendous support from the public. Donations are received in various forms such as fund raising from individual events, legacies, personal donations, and donations in memory of loved ones who have sadly passed away. The hospital staff again held their own fundraising table top and summer mini fete on the hospital grounds, and kindly donated the proceeds to The League of Friends. The public continued donating generously in our collecting buckets at the Pendeen car boot sales held during the summer, raising £7000 from this source. Well done everybody.

With all the pressures on NHS services we are carefully monitoring everything which is going on which could have an impact on Stratton hospital. In such a remote location as ours, it is vital that the services we receive are continued, and hopefully increased. We know how valuable the Minor Injuries Unit is to the public, particularly when our population doubles during the summer season.

Thank you once again to everyone who has contributed in any way to The League during 2017, and we look forward to another successful year during 2018.

Ray Hockin.