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We would love you to be involved with the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends - in whatever way you can.  Come along to one of our events or volunteer some time.









In 2016:

The Bodmin Wassailers donated the results of their January 2016 Wassail to BHLF: £225

BHLF (Bodmin Hospital League of Friends) supplied refreshments for Snowdrop Sunday at Pencarrow in February raising around £700 – this included a very generous donation of £500 from Pencarrow from their ‘gate’ collection.

We held a Soup & Dessert lunch at Wadebridge Town Hall, also in February, raising around £200

BHLF were announced as Wadebridge Social Club’s Charity of the year during which they put on three Bingo Sessions, led four walks, had collection tins on their counters and did a Bed Push from Padstow to Wadebridge – by the end of the year they had raised over £4500 for us! A magnificent achievement.

Sponsored walk from Rock around Polzeath and Roserrow led by Vic Luke of Wadebridge Social Club in March’16 raising £1000

We joined with the Friends of St Petrocs Church in April ’16 to supply the refreshments, light lunches and teas for Bodmin Nursery Spring Festival raising £1800 shared between the two charities. We are very grateful to Mark and Linda Lawlor, owners of the Nursery, for allowing us to raise funds in this way.

We have been represented with a stand at Wadebridge WHEELS event for the past 5 years and Wadebridge Rotary Club have been exceedingly generous to the BHLF in that time; this year they donated £1000 to BHLF.

We had an information stand at St Breward Fete in July 2016

We did a Soup & Dessert Lunch in Bodmin Methodist Church in October 2016 raising £304

Sponsored walk in October from Lerryn to St Winnow, led, again by Vic Luke, raised around £300.

A Fashion Show at M & Co in Bodmin in November 2016 raised nearly £600.

Kate Holland did a cycle ride through Death Valley in Nevada in November in memory of her father who passed away on Harbour Ward. She raised £2400 to be shared between BHLF and Macmillan Cancer Care

In 2017:

In April we supplied refreshments, light lunches and teas over the two days for Bodmin Nursery Spring Festival raising around £1,100 – again, with very grateful thanks to Mark and Linda Lawlor

Also in April another walk was planned from Padstow to Stepper Point and back, led by Vic Luke – the weather was inclement so this was postponed until 23rd July

And then, of course, our fete, which is held every year in June, is the biggest fundraiser – Donna Birrell of BBC Radio Cornwall opened the fete in the most charming manner and, in all, around £6000 was raised for BHLF and other participating charities .

The walk planned for April from Padstow to Stepper Point was held in July on the most gorgeous day when the sky was blue, the sea was azure and the wheat fields were golden, raising over £500.

Another stand at Wadebridge Rotary’s WHEELS event in July – we are so very grateful to Wadebridge Rotary for allowing us a presence there again.

In July we were chosen to be Sainsbury’s, Bodmin, Charity of the Year which was wonderful news – we kicked off with Lady Molesworth-St Aubyn, our President, opening the Argos section of Sainsbury’s followed by three ‘collecting’ days there in August.

A Coffee morning combined with a Soup and Dessert Lunch was held at the Methodist Church in Bodmin in October raising £403.

Vic Luke organised a ‘Carry On from Sainsbury’s’ walk in November when a group of cowboys, Indian squaws, military looking types and a couple of nurses and doctors together with dogs set off from Sainsbury’s to the Borough Arms and back raising nearly £500.

In December we had three more ‘collecting’ days at Sainsbury’s at which, on the Friday Wadebrige Male Voice Choir came to sing and on the Saturday the Washaway Gallery Choir – both groups were superb, bringing joy and Christmas cheer to the many customers.

Every year we sing carols around the wards before Christmas with our lovely soloist, Annabelle Cowling and accompanied by the excellent accordion playing of Mark Hawken; we lay a wreath in Bodmin on Remembrance Sunday and decorate a tree in St Petrocs Church for their Christmas tree festival.

In April we, once again, supplied, light lunches, teas and refreshments for the Bodmin Nursery Spring Saver Weekend – again, very many thanks to Mark and Linda Lawlor – raising, this time, over £1,200.

We held our last three collecting days as Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year at the end of May and this time the wonderful Cornish Accordion Player, Mike Jenkins joined us on all three days – his music made everyone happy and smiling!

In addition to all these we receive donations in memory of loved ones and collections from the many kind businesses who hold collecting tins for us.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped and contributed.

The BHLF committee meet on the first Thursday of each month except in August and December and in November the AGM is held on the second Thursday. Committee meetings, apart from the AGM, are held in the Café Lounge at the hospital and commence at 10am when we hold formal talks, discussions about how to raise funds and discuss requests from the wards for funding to purchase equipment and services not supplied by the NHS. In addition, sub committees are formed to arrange many of the events over the year. The Trustees meet three of four times a year.

In 2016 a biannual newsletter was re-instated.



January: Garden area equipment for Fletcher Ward: £400
2 x Microwaves for Fettle Ward £200

February: Replacement couch for MIU £3015

March: Smartflow Urodynamic Flow Meter for OPD: £3389.50

May: Various items for Palliative Care Room - Anchor Ward £200
2 x TVs for Anchor Ward £610
6 x high spec mattresses for Anchor & Harbour Wards £9300
and 6 x invercare mattresses £2700
Naso Gastric Feeding Trainer for Stroke Unit £2203

June: 2 x Sara Steady mobility aids for Harbour Ward £845
Maestro Water Cooler for Anchor Ward £540
Construction of stud wall to create private area
for Patients’ Discharge meetings on Harbour Ward £2557.83
Wheelchairs and accessories for Stroke Unit £3525

July: Conversion of Bathroom to store room on
Harbour Ward: £3600
6 x drumming sessions for Fletcher Ward £420
Fridge, TV Audio System etc for Chy Kara – Palliative
Care Room on Anchor Ward £439.96
Mindray Observation Machine for MIU £1434.18

Sept: TV for Harvest Ward £399.99
Oct: Sarah Steady standing aid for Fletcher ward £1459.10
3 x electric Treatment Couches for MIU £3072
Dressings storage cupboard for MIU £504.42

Jan ‘18: a second medicine cabinet for MIU: £631.70
7 Dementia Friendly clocks for MIU and OPD. £530.74

Feb: More drumming workshops for Fletcher ward £420,
9 x Apollo Chairs for the Stroke Unit: £2961

March: a height adjustable table and 10 chairs for the
new room on Anchor ward: £1589.95+VAT
2 mountain bikes for Bowman Ward: £600

May: 2 giant bean bags for Fletcher Ward: £150
Digital Reminiscence Therapy System for Stroke Unit £8994
Music and recording equipment for Fettle House £5505.03