The chairman of the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital, Ron Bond, presented a bouquet of flowers to Michelle Rowe who was matron of Crewkerne and Chard hospitals and has left for family reasons. As matron, Michelle played a key role in working with the League of Friends to complete a project that gave a face-lift to the garden at Crewkerne Hospital. Michelle, her husband and sister were also among the helpers at this year’s hospital fete.
The future of the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital is now looking much brighter since Ron’s SOS and five new members have agreed to join. Sheila Seymour, Christine Duberry, Bob and Sue Melville and Caroline Mortimer answered Ron’s urgent call and will be elected onto the committee at the AGM in October. Tony Foot has agreed to carry on as treasurer and although Ron and Teresa Bond are stepping down as chairman and secretary, they are willing to serve on the committee.
Chairman Ron Bond said: “I’m delighted that they have agreed to join. They will bring new energy and new ideas and the future of the League of Friends is now looking much more secure. Secretary Teresa Bond said: “We seem to have turned a corner but we would still like to welcome more members to join the committee. We really need someone who is willing to take over from me as secretary.”
Honorary President and life member Rita Westwood was delighted with the good news when Ron and Teresa called into The Orchards to help her celebrate her 90th birthday. Ron congratulated Rita and presented her with a celebration cake, card and flowers, as he wished her many more birthdays and thanked her for the many years of service she has given to the League of Friends and to Crewkerne.
The League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital was formed in 1948. Over the past 70 years it has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the hospital and other health related organisations for equipment and training. In the last five years, more than £275,000 has been given to projects such as the redevelopment of the hospital’s rehabilitation unit, refurbishing the day room, providing defibrillators in Crewkerne, Merriott and Misterton and equipment such as special mattresses and a mechanical standing aid.