Fuego part of the Loungers chain opened in Lewes in September. Representatives of the Friends were invited along to the Open Evening. They are a very community orientated business and chose the Friends as their charity for the first month of opening. Gemma Irwin, Community Manager, told us that Loungers planned to donate 10p for every cup of coffee and 50p for every burger sold. They have sold 1,398 burgers and 4,297 coffees within their first month of trading – therefore raising £1,128.70 for the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital. We would like to thank them all very much for their support.
Chris Kneale, the Treasurer of the Friends and Pauline Richards, Management Administrator at Lewes Victoria Hospital went along to thank Christina, the Assistant Manager of Fuego.
The Friends now have a planter with autumn planting on Platform 3 at Lewes Station. Thank you to Mary Sautter and her helpers for organising this for us.
Lewkalele, a local group of strummers, raised £72.64 on Saturday 30th September for the Friends playing outside the Harveys shop in Cliffe High Street. Very enjoyable for everyone and many thanks to them.
On Tuesday August 8th the Friends hosted an afternoon of ‘Tea and Flowers for 20 guests, which raised £235 for the hospital.
Judy, who runs a small flower business ‘Flowers from the Field’, facilitated the afternoon and provided the group with a stunning array of flowers from her plot in Isfield. Judy began the afternoon with a very informative talk that included tips on growing cut flowers for the house, when to cut and how to increase vase life. This was followed by a demonstration on how to put together a simple hand tied bunch after which, the guests were able to enjoy putting together an arrangement to take home. Many very colourful and varied bunches were produced and the afternoon finished with tea and cake in the garden.
It was a very enjoyable and fun afternoon. Judy even provided a print out to encourage everyone to have a go at growing their own cut flowers.
In 2009 the Friends offered to brighten the hospital wards and corridors with original works of art collected by the charity Paintings in Hospitals with a loan of 19 artworks on an initial three year contract. In following years more paintings were added to the collection and currently the Friends fund the hire of 29 paintings. The contract is up for renewal once again and the Friends are taking the opportunity to refresh the collection. Recently 3 of the Friends committee went round the hospital to look at the paintings, talk to staff and subsequently a trip to University College Hospital in London was organised to choose some new paintings. The Friends hope that they will be in place in the next few months.
July 2017: Four new paintings have now been received and 5 are to be returned. These new additions will soon be displayed in the hospital.