August 2017 Newsletter

The 2017 AGM was held on 29th June. Following refreshments kindly provided by Miriam Boobier, Chantal Wilson (Chairman) welcomed all.

The President, Ros Marriott was retiring and she welcomed Dr Cathryn Stokes as the new president.

The Innovation and Best Practice Award was given by CHA to FoCH in respect of the Social Day Service. This had been accepted by two trustees who had attended the CHA conference (See below) but was re-presented by Dr Helen Tucker (Vice President) to Jane Hayward, manager of SDS and some of the volunteers.

Dr Tucker spoke on the topic of “Community Hospitals Matter” and said she had been “blown away” to see the work being done by the Friends’ Social Day Service. She said that about 85% of NHS work takes place in the community by GPs and in Community Hospitals. She congratulated Crowborough on having an in-patient ward and encouraged its use.