The Friends of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital have always played an important part in the life of the hospital. The present charity was established in 1950 to provide equipment and facilities for the benefit of patients and staff. Since then, the Friends have raised many thousands of pounds, providing money to build the physiotherapy unit, day room and provide a variety of items of equipment, including special beds, baths, chairs, the coffee machine and televisions. The Friends have also paid for the bus shelter outside the hospital. Recently, funds have been provided towards the renovation of the reception area and equipment for the kitchen.
The Friends Committee hold regular meetings with staff members, the Board , the fund raisers the hospital volunteer group and Here to Help, to ensure that they are up to date with all requests for funding.
In the 1990’s the community joined together to help raise the three million pounds needed to erect the current building. At present, we are actively seeking new members of the Friends to support our ambitious plans to develop more services closer to home for our community. These include the provision of MRI, diagnostics and ultrasound services, and in the long term, the re -establishment of a minor injury and illness unit. Money will also be needed for furnishings and equipment for our new Day Centre, planned for the former ambulance site, which will also house a café. Members are kept up to date with hospital news and events with a bi-annual newsletter..