Meet Carole

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Meet Carole! Carole and her husband Bob have been volunteering with the Dignity Room Team for 7 years, helping to provide clothes for patients who find themselves in hospital with just their night wear. The team ensures they have access to day clothes (ranging from underclothes to jogging bottoms), remarkably helping more than 850 patients a year with 1,500 different …

Meet Val

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Meet Val who has worked as a Friends of Airedale shop volunteer for the past three years. During that time, Val has brewed more than 2,200 cups of tea, served up 4,400 coffees and sold hundreds of papers, magazines, greetings cards and toiletries. Our two shops provide much of the money raised by the charity, so every time you make …

Meet John

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Meet John who has worked as a Friends of Airedale volunteer hospital guide for the past 10 years, helping people find their way to visit family and friends on the wards – or showing them where to go for an appointment. Over the years John reckons that he has walked a whopping 2,880 miles around the hospital corridors and helped …

Helping HODU

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Did you know: The Friends of Airedale hospital charity provides newspapers and magazines to the haematology and oncology day unit – a service that has long been appreciated by the patients who come in each day and may spend several hours on the ward receiving treatment. Here’s Pat Diminsky from HODU and Friend’s chairman John Lofthouse with some of the …

Helping the stroke service

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When the stroke service on Ward 5 needed some additional supportive wheelchairs for their patients Friends were happy to help. The wheelchairs were donated last year and aid patient well-being, mood and motivation after a stroke. Here’s our volunteer Alison Dixon having a look at one of the wheelchairs with Stroke Specialist Nurse Pam Beaumont. 

Donation to the Maternity Unit

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When Friends of Airedale were approached to donate fifteen variable heights cots to the maternity unit they were very happy to help. The cots which were donated last year are adjustable height and are designed to promote safe sleeping and enhance the bond between mother and baby.  Here’s our volunteer John Lofthouse having a look at one of the cots with Clare Stowell the Ward Manager. 

A huge thank you …

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 … to the fantastic Co-op Community Fund who presented Friends Chairman John Lofthouse with a cheque for £7,536.90 when he visited the store at Steeton last week.  Thank you for your support 

Long Service Awards – what a fantastic achievement

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Our wonderful volunteers were presented with their long service awards at the recent AGM. Here’s a group photo of some of the recipients. Certificates and badges were awarded for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years service and all presented by Brendan Brown, Chief Executive of Airedale Hospital. 

Emergency equipment trolley for Radiology

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It was with great pleasure, earlier this year that Friends of Airedale donated a resuscitation trolley to the Radiology Department for storage of their pediatric equipment. The equipment is now easier to access should there be an emergency occurring whilst a baby or child is in the department. Here’s our Retail Co-ordinator Diane Gargan having a look at the new …