About the Friends

Why we need Friends

The National Health Service gives a great medical service, but for financial reasons there are many extra items and comforts for patients and staff which it cannot afford. The aim of The Friends is to provide those extra items and services for the William Harvey Hospital.

Our main income comes from the shop and from our Members Subscriptions. We are also helped by Donations and Legacies, both large and small; either from grateful patients or from family, relatives and friends of those who have received medical and nursing care here.

Money is also received from various fundraising events such as quiz nights, concerts and fashion shows. Since we were formed in 1977 and up to the end of 2008 we have raised over £2.5 million which has been spent either on greatly needed and often very expensive medical equipment or on items for the benefit and comfort of patients and staff.

Your annual subscription helps to provide a regular income for Friends purposes and YOU become one of the family of Friends dedicated to helping the hospitals.