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Sponsored Theme Walk based on the ‘Carry On’ films Sunday 26 November at 10.30am





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Sainsbury’s declare Bodmin Hospital League of Friends their Charity of the year as they open the new Argos wing of their Bodmin Store.

The Bodmin Hospital League of Friends were absolutely delighted to receive a call from Bodmin Sainsbury’s telling them that its customers and staff had voted them as their Charity of the Year.

The year has kicked off with the opening of the Argos wing within the store of Sainsbury’s off Dennison Road in Bodmin and they kindly asked the President of Bodmin Hospital League of Friends, Iona, Lady Molesworth-St Aubyn to cut a cake to mark the opening.

Sainsbury’s have offered to help the League of Friends throughout the year by diverse means: they will have collecting buckets on each till for any loose change customers may wish to part with, they will donate the takings from the sale of plastic bags to the charity, also from the sale of ‘past their sell by’ goods, especially flowers and they will also help the League with events they put on throughout the year. Also they have invited the League of Friends to hold information days within the store, these will be 4th, 5th and 6th of August and several days in December when it is hoped the League might also bring in some carol singing or similar.

Lady Iona and Chairman Susie Gore were delighted to meet the Sainsburys and Argos teams on the occasion of the Argos opening and were struck by the enthusiasm and friendliness of all there. Said Susie Gore “ We are so very grateful to Sainsburys for helping, not only to raise funds, but also awareness of our Charity in this way and look forward, not only to an exciting and fruitful year but also to establishing new friendships with all the lovely Sainsbury’s staff.”

The Bodmin Hospital League of Friends raise funds to supply services and equipment for the staff and patients at the hospital which the NHS is unable to provide.

Pictured at the opening of the new Argos wing within Bodmin Sainsbury’s – a group of staff of Sainsburys and Argos together with Iona, Lady Molesworth-St Aubyn, holding the flowers, Susie Gore, Chairman of Bodmin Hospital League of Friends, far right, Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Emma Clemens Tresidder, on the left of Lady Iona and next to her Matt Welman of Argos.

Many steps to Stepper Point

ON a beautiful summer day 28 volunteers set off from Padstow’s band stand heading for Stepper Point and then on to Trevose on a sponsored walk raising funds for the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends. 

The group’s leader, Vic Luke, knows how to pick his day: light breeze, low tide, bright sushine allowing for fantastic visibility up the Camel estuary across to Rock, Daymer and Polzeath beaches and out to sea beyond Pentire to Newlands, surrounded by calm and brilliant azure blue seas. The golden sands of this spectacular estuary only breaking the gentle waves at the deceptive and ominous Doom Bar, reminding the walkers of the pint of amber liquid reward at the end of their endurance!
On the route the group got many words of encouragement from locals and holiday makers alike, including a very generous donation from owner captain of the Jubilee Queen, Nick Chapman.

The walkers all completed the walk safely at very different times depending on their age, fitness and how long they stopped for a Cornish tea break at Hawker’s Cove! All thoroughly enjoyed themselves, raising nearly £500 for the League’s funds to provide services and equipment not provided by the NHS for the staff and patients of the community hospital.
In the six months of 2017 BHLF have already granted more than £35,000 for many items as diverse as specialist beds and wheelchairs to a series of drumming sessions for one of the psychiatric wards, thanks to the efforts of people like Vic Luke and his walkers and the generosity of the public.

The group of walkers: some BHLF committee members but mostly friends, about to set off from Padstow Harbour; walk leader Vic is at the back with the blue collar.

Photos by AG

Spring Festival at Bodmin Nursery helps patients and staff at Bodmin Hospital

Two glorious days over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd April bought in the crowds to Bodmin Nursery to browse amongst their vast acres of glorious tempting plants, then enjoy a light lunch or cream tea with the Bodmin hospital League of Friends.

The owners of the Nursery, Mark and Linda Lawlor, who have developed the nursery at Laveddon Mill into something quite remarkable, very kindly gave the League the opportunity to supply refreshments and food over the two days in order to raise funds to help supply services and equipment for the hospital not supplied by the NHS. Over £1000 was raised and ‘The Friends’ are so grateful to all who made this possible – the wonderful band of helpers and cake makers, Barnecutts Bakery for supplying pasties at cost, Williams Dairy for donating cream, Wiltshire Farm Foods for donating delicious cakes and help with serving the teas, St Petrocs Church for the loan of chairs, tables, other equipment and a vast amount of advice, Camel Fish for donating containers to keep the food chilled and ASDA for coming to our rescue by donating additional coffee cups when our supply ran out at the end of the first day.

Committee members, friends and helpers at Bodmin Nursery Spring Festival in April 2017.
Photo by Peter Glaser

Wadebridge Rotary’s ‘My Life’ donation

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends, Samantha Maycock, Occuptional Therapist at Bodmin Hospital demonstrated the ‘My Life Software’ recently purchased by the League of Friends for Garner Ward using a very generous donation from the Wadebridge Rotary Club as a result of their WHEELS event in July. 

The software is a reminiscence tool and Sam was obviously delighted with the results it has been achieving for her patients; she demonstrated the various different music available, much of which got feet tapping and memories renewed, it includes famous speeches, poetry, bird song, many activities such as Bingo, coconut shy, pig racing, horse racing, Karaoke, quizzes.

Pictured are Martin Broadfoot, President of Wadebrige Rotary Club and Samantha Maycock, Occupational therapist with the television showing My Life Software.