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 hereto 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.