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An opportunity for the Friends to be Sainsbury’s next “Charity of the Year”

The Friends put in a submission to Sainsbury’s seeking to become their next “Charity of the Year” and have just heard that they are one of three shortlisted.

The outcome is to be decided by public and customer voting between 11 – 24 June. You can vote in store, or on line at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk
Obviously we would welcome as many votes as possible from our supporters, their families, neighbours, and friends! If you could please help us spread the word, that would be greatly appreciated.

Click here to read a scanned jpg copy of the letter from Chairman David which accompanied our submission. You may wish to forward this to your contacts as it succinctly highlights our endeavours.

Safe-Keeping of some items relating to the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital.  

Amongst the multitude of items currently held at Sherborne Museum there are a number of documents relating to the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital

These have not been called upon for many years.

The Museum is of necessity having to rationalise items housed there, as their collections are ever-expanding, but the storage space is not elastic!   Items relating to the Friends are amongst those to be transferred to the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester from 12 June, but we are confident that they will be safely kept, and that it will still be possible to view them.

A Statement from the Museum in respect of this transfer is available to view by clicking here.

You may view the Catalogue of items in the collection by clicking here.

 

Anyone who wishes to view selected items in the archive before they are transferred to the Dorset History Centre should first identify them from the Catalogue, and then contact the Museum to arrange a viewing as detailed in the Statement.

Opening of Ada Kearvell Suite, 11 August 2017

When a small bay became available for alternative use due to the closure of two beds on Beech Ward, Matron Anne was keen to develop the space to form a second End of Life suite for the Willows in-patient unit. 

Chairman David cuts the ribbon with Matron Anne Hiscock
The Friends were pleased to help in this endeavour, and are delighted that the project has come to fruition.

The space was reconfigured to provide a patient bedroom with its own wet-room, entailing radical work to install hoist mechanisms in the ceilings for safer and dignified manoeuvring of patients.

This was together with the installation of cabling for a range of modern electronic equipment.  Installation of a French door and larger window have also added to the amenities.

An adjoining room for use by close relatives was developed and enables them to take breaks from supporting their loved-one, and to make themselves drinks and snacks during visits.  Installation of WiFi, television, variable lighting, and a high spec music system all add to the sensory experiences available to both patient and relatives.

Staff voted that the new facility should be named the Ada Kearvell Suite in memory of Ada, who served as Matron for 30 years from 1899.

(click on a pic to see more)

More details about Ada can be found by clicking here.

Britain in Bloom judges visit the Willows Garden

On Monday 7 August the Britain in Bloom judges visited the Willows Garden as part of their tour around Sherborne.

Britain in Bloom judges Keith and Susan with garden volunteers Rosalind and Rosie

Sherborne in Bloom was invited to enter this competition after the town was a joint winner of the South West in Bloom Champion of Champions competition in 2016.

They are competing with seven other towns of similar size in England, Wales and Scotland to win top marks from the judges.

78 other towns, cities, and villages across the UK are also competing, but will have to wait until October to hear how they have done.

Live Well Event, Monday 19 June

As part of this enterprise, which aimed to offer information encouraging healthy and safe lifestyles, the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital joined with a number of organisations in the Out-patients Physiotherapy department, where they displayed information showing some of the ways they had enhanced facilities at the hospital.

Unfortunately there were a limited number of visitors, which could perhaps be attributed to the heatwave of the time, when it was sensible to just take things easy and stay at home!

Anyone visiting the main Out-patient department at the Yeatman Hospital can see the display stand in the waiting room there.

Out-patient display stand

 

Fabulous Garden Party

By kind invitation of Dr and Mrs Robin Odgers, the beautiful quintessential English garden of Corton Denham House was made available for the Friends to host a summer Garden Party.  On a perfect sunny evening, guests enjoyed strolling in the five acres of stunning gardens. They also enjoyed drinks, light refreshments, and the raffle with some very generous prizes. Altogether a wonderful evening. For those not able to attend, the gardens can be viewed on www.cortondenhamhouse.co.uk/gardens.php

Chairman David thanks host Dr Robin Odgers for kindly making his garden available to the Friends

(click on a pic to see a slideshow of the garden)

Sherborne International

Members of Sherborne International showed their spirit of generosity by hosting events at the school to raise money for the Friends, thereby helping to continue the upgrading of amenities at the Yeatman Hospital.

They organised activities such as a “non-uniphone” day, pancake races, and a raffle, raising the wonderful total of £347.77. 

Matron thanks students and staff of Sherborne International for their generous donation

Billiard Tournament Success

Thanks to the magnificent efforts of Carroll Walters and his daughter Sarah Harding, the Billiard Tournament which they organised with all day refreshments and raffle will bring big benefits to the Friends. £735 was raised.

A highly competitive spirit was evident at the Charity Billiard Tournament.

Presentation of Bose Music System

Daughters of Betty White, who recently died in the Yeatman, wanted to show their appreciation of the wonderful care she received there.  Following discussions with Matron and the Friends, they chose to give a Bose Music System to be used in the newly created Ada Kearvell suite, enhancing the environment for both patient and relatives during those especially difficult times.


Matron receives the Bose Music System from (L to R)Sharon Coward, Jackie Fellingham, Michelle Eggleston, Carol Brake, and Sarah Goodland.  Sister Shirley Richardson, Snr. Sister Barbara Ludlow, and Sister Denise Willmotts hide in the back row.

Sherborne Masonic Lodge

Members of the Masonic Lodge had also very kindly raised money for the Friends, and their Master, Peter Cairns, and Treasurer, Raymond Wood, presented their chequefor £300 at a joint event with Sherborne International.

After they had presented their respective cheques to Matron, they were given the opportunity to see some of the special amenities which have recently been funded by the Friends.  These included the new Ada Kearvell suite, and the Don Mildenhall Room.


Matron Anne Hiscock, flanked by Masons Raymond Wood and Peter Cairns, receives cheques from both Sherborne International and the Masonic Lodge.  Ten students with teachers Mary Hayes , left, and Simon Tomlinson, also joined Chairman of the Friends David Hayes for the presentations.  Photo Jane Norman.