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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

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.

Fantastic News from the Co-op

Co-op Triumph benefits Friends of the Yeatman Hospital

The Committee were approached by the Co-op in 2016, inviting them to be one of a shortlist of charities to benefit from their Local Community Support scheme.

In mid March the Friends heard that they had accrued just over £1,000 through the scheme, with just a few weeks remaining to gather more votes.  Following an appeal through a letter in the BVM, a last minute sprint finish of votes resulted in the amazing boost in their allocation of funds to £2,903.

Sincere thanks to the Co-op for choosing the Friends as a beneficiary, to Co-op members who voted for them, and to the BVM for publishing their letter of appeal for votes.

 We are enormously grateful to both the Co-op and participating members for this wonderful outcome.

Shop Manager Mandy Fordham and her Team Manager Mike Thomas presented a cheque for £2,903 raised through the Co-op Local Community Support Fund to Chairman of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital, David Hayes, left, and Treasurer Gordon McAndrew

Friends fund Anniversary Display Cabinet

150th Anniversary Display Cabinet

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Yeatman Hospital, the Friends commissioned a cabinet to display artefacts relating to the founding of the hospital in honour of Harry Farr Yeatman, and other historic items.

One of the items displayed is the Royal Red Cross medal awarded in 1918 to Ada Kearvell, who was Matron from 1908 to 1934.

Ada Kearvell, Royal Red Cross Medal

This was awarded in recognition of the exceptional service she gave to British soldiers at the Yeatman Hospital during the war.

This is an old photograph of her after she had received her medal from King George V at Buckingham Palace. 

Ada Kearvell (left) after receiving her Royal Red Cross medal at Buckingham Palace, 1918

The new suite in the Willows Ward which the Friends have funded is named in her honour.   The Display Cabinet is located in Out-patient Reception.

Have you heard about our PiP scheme?

PiP stands for Pound in the Pot, and the scheme has been earning funds for the Friends since 2013.

The process is very simple, and is used by anyone who would like to help the Friends, the only necessities being some goodwill, any collecting pot of your choice, an envelope, and some friends to join you.

Funds are raised by inviting your friends to pop a pound in your pot when they join you for any event, whether for lunch, coffee, a BBQ, a drinks party, a game of bridge/tennis/anything, or any other occasion.

PiP board with secure collection box

It is suggested that the contribution is seen as a gesture of goodwill to help the Friends in their ongoing support the Yeatman Hospital, and not as a measure of your kind hospitality.

The Friends ask you to kindly gather your collection in an envelope, and post it in the secure box attached to  our Pound in the Pot board.  This is located in Out-patient reception at the Yeatman.

More recently, the scheme has expanded to embrace an “Alternative Invitation”.  If you are happy to invite your guests to come empty-handed, but to make a donation to the Friends in lieu of any gift to you, (using the same collection system), then you would be offering “An Alternative Invitation”, thereby helping the Friends. This scheme also works well if you feel that you don’t need lots of Birthday presents!

The Friends are grateful to all, many anonymous, who have contributed to this scheme.   The total raised to March 2018 is £3,134 and will continue to run long-term.

New Ophthalmology Department

The new Ophthalmology Department, substantially funded by the Friends, is now operational and offers the following out-patient services for patients of Yeovil consultants:

  • Glaucoma Clinics
  • Cataract Clinics
  • Ocular Plastic Clinics
  • Optometrist Clinics
  • Nurse-led Pre-Assessment Clinics

The Friends are delighted that this should benefit many patients.