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.
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 one of our Pound in the Pot boards. One is located in Out-patient reception at the Yeatman, and the other is at Castle Gardens. The latter used to be behind the tills, but following their shop refurbishment it is now on the window wall to your right when entering the main entrance, and is about level with the ramp.
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 2017 is £2,951 and will continue to run long-term.