What we do
The Friends support Chichester’s hospitals in three important ways:
- By raising funds to buy equipment which enhances the medical facilities at St Richard’s Hospital and in mental health services.
- By providing the daily Ward Trolley service and running the Friends’ Hospital Shop at St Richard’s Hospital, enabling patients, visitors and staff to buy everyday items on site at reasonable prices. A team of over 100 dedicated volunteers ensures that the trolley service operates every day except Christmas and some bank holidays and the Shop is open Monday-Friday. There are no salaried staff. Income from this service has averaged between £45,000 and £60,000 in recent years.
- By representing the interests of the local community, for example when changes in local NHS provision are under consideration.