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Our Treasurer will soon be retiring!

The Committee of the Friends are very sad that their Treasurer will be retiring early in 2018 after a period of meticulous service.  They are now seeking someone to inherit this important position.  Here are a few points to consider…

The power of voluntary input

We must all be thankful that the awesome undertaking of our founders in buying land, building the hospital, paying staff wages, providing staff accommodation, equipping the hospital, and maintaining the building, are now largely covered by the NHS, but we have to recognise that the substantial input from the Friends is paramount in augmenting the basic NHS provision.  Voluntary input has been a cornerstone of the hospital’s success since 1866 – long may this continue.

The recent NHS deliberations on future healthcare provision across Dorset resulted in a good prospect for the Yeatman, and it would be nice to feel that the strength of support from the Friends may perhaps have had some bearing on this outcome.

What might the Yeatman have to offer you or your family?

None of us know when we may need the Minor Injuries Unit, an X-ray, a variety of day surgery, a spell as an in-patient, treatment by the Stroke Service, a variety of therapy services, Mental Health services, or Community services, so a good contingency is for us all to work towards keeping these and many other facilities local.

The role to fill

Our Treasurer has a vital role to play in securing the best possible outcomes to benefit patients, their relatives, and staff.   Whilst a retired accountant may be ideal, an individual with business acumen and experience would be equally welcome, as would someone who loves working with figures.   It is a fulfilling role requiring certain commitment, but the current Treasurer has everything in impeccable order to ease his handover on retirement.

What can you do?

If you feel the Friends and the hospital are deserving of your voluntary endeavour and would like to find out more – (or know someone else who might) – please contact our Chairman David Hayes CBE by email to or on (mobile) 07715 292 065

Wine Tasting

Castle Gardens kindly loaned the Butterfly House to the Friends, and David Copp, wine expert, introduced his audience to exciting wines from Hungary, Argentina, Spain, France, and Italy.

Profit to be announced shortly.

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.