The Lewes Fat Stock Dinner took place on November 29th at Lewes Town Hall. This is a charity event organised by the Rotary Club and The Friends of the Lewes Victoria Hospital was their chosen charity and beneficiary of the evening.

Jenny Clark was invited and gave a short speech. She said that the Friends had been functioning for 51 years and during that time had raised well over £4 million. The Friends purpose was to assist the NHS Trust to provide improved more versatile equipment, funding for building work that extended and enhanced capacity and extra’s that improved the environment for Patients and Staff using the Hospital.

Over the last 10 years nearly £250k has been received from Donations (all of which have been utilised). Over £1million has been received in legacies Over £1million of hospital equipment has been funded

Generous donations and legacies have funded:

  • A new Ultrasound Machine
  • Refurbishment of the Operating Theatre
  • A large extension and equipment for the Physiotherapy Department
  • Landscaping of the garden for patients at Meadow Lodge
  • TVs for the Minor Injuries Unit, Day Surgery Unit and Intermediate Care Service
  • Many other smaller pieces of equipment … and so much more!

Very recently new X-ray machines have been installed, financed by the Friends, which have better advanced technology, provide a wider range of services and are faster and more efficient.

For the Future, Jenny said that the local NHS Providers and Commissioners were committed to making even better use of the Hospital, and that the Friends with the generous support of the local community would continue to support this.