In 2005/6 Shropshire Primary Care Trust (SCPCT) proposed the closure of Ludlow Community Hospital, a move that was opposed by League Of Friends Of Ludlow Hospital . After organising public meetings, petitions and protest marches, The League, together with South Shropshire District Council, appointed specialist consultants to produce an alternative business case. This indicated that the service proposals by SCPCT were flawed and that an affordable alternative could be contemplated. The League wrote to all residents in South West Shropshire, seeking their views, resulting in 6,700 responses in support of retaining the Hospital. Once the threat of closure was removed, The League worked with the NHS to improve or renew the facilities.
League Of Friends Of Ludlow Hospital (Charity No. 513978) is a membership organisation which exists to improve the care and comfort of our patients by providing items of equipment and services that may not be readily available from the NHS. Additionally The League provides some volunteer services, such as morning tea/coffee trolley and a trolley shop to the ward (see the Volunteer button for more info.)
Members are kept up to date by regular newsletters which also informs on local NHS developments. Members’ views and opinions are regularly sampled and represented to appropriate NHS authorities.
In recent years The League has purchased electronic profiling beds and bedside furniture throughout the hospital, funded the purchase of dialysis equipment, ultrasound scanning, visual field testing equipment, heart monitors and much more.
On a sunny Saturday 13th July the inhabitants of Ludlow and visitors to the town were once again amused (and no doubt surprised!) to see a group of gallant fundraisers dressed variously as nurses (complete with Orvis' bear) appear in the town centre in the annual BEDPUSH, holding buckets for donations for the League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital. A popular event, the response from the public was generous, as always.
Led by organisers Mark and Alison Hiles, supported by Adam and Mick Griffiths, Ben Whitmarsh and Emily Moseley, the group raised a magnificent total of over £2,320. Mark said afterwards, "the most difficult part of the organising was to convince a bunch of lads to dress up in drag"! Evidently, Mark is of a very persuasive nature!
Mike Evans, vice-chairman of the League of Friends, thanking the group and all contributors for their generosity, said "We are delighted that our gallant band of cross-dressed collectors achieved such a wonderful result, it's a most welcome boost to our funds. And a special mention to Orvis for helping to make it such a great day."
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