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League of Friends

League of Friends
Telephone: 01493 453102.
Location: Main entrance.

The League of Friends is a much valued part of the Trust, currently chaired by Mrs Heather Cave. You can contact the League of Friends through the Trust Secretary’s office on 01493 453102.

The Trust says a big ‘thank you’ to the James Paget Hospital’s League of Friends every year at the annual event to mark the contribution they continue to make to the life of patients and staff in the Trust. 

Last year the League approved bids totalling £40,902. Items funded included :

  • Neonatal transporter
  • Welcome gifts - Nurses
  • Video camera
  • School Health books
  • Ear plugs
  • Liko hoise scales for Ward 12
  • National Family Carers' Day
  • Saw
  • Books for Dermatology
  • International Nurses' Day
  • Remarkable People Awards
  • Hover Jack mattress
  • Family room in ED
  • Chair weigh scales DVT
  • Storage trolley
  • Bed mover for Theatres
  • 2 hydraulic dynamometers
  • Glove slings
  • 2 iPads for Paediatric Theatre
  • Transutaneous Bilimeter.

We are very grateful to all of our Volunteer workers.

Heather’s story

Heather Cave has been a member of the League of Friends for 22 years and Chairman for the past 14 years. During this time she has encouraged all members to take part in decisions made by the League with regard to the support they give to the hospital, the equipment they agree to purchase, improvements to the service we give our customers in the foyer shop, and the support we give to each other. 

After retiring as a teacher Heather found life at the JPUH very rewarding and satisfying, knowing that she was able to help and support patients and visitors to the hospital, both through the League of Friends and the ‘red coat’ Volunteers.

Heather says: “It is good to support, listen to others and be there to improve the work and needs of the hospital staff through the fundraising that the League of Friends do. Currently we have 28 active members of the League and they all work together in a cheerful and sympathetic way for the needs of our customers. 

We are greatly indebted to our public for their support and generosity.  Without their support we would be unable to be as generous or supportive as we are to the needs and work of the hospital. Thank you all.”


Valerie’s story

“My name is Mrs. Valerie Dray and I am Manageress of the League of Friends shop situated in the hospital foyer,

I joined ‘the Friends’ twenty two years ago and have managed the shop for fourteen years. My role is to order items to be sold in the shop. This keeps me busy as I visit wholesalers to purchase the items. These include toys, puzzle books, stationary, fancy good etc. We also take donations of books, jigsaw puzzles and knitted items for babies and children. In fact we are an Aladdin’s Cave catering for our customers!

“The people we meet often need a listening ear, which we are always pleased to give. All our profits are for the hospital, anything from £40,000 upwards in total each year. We buy small and large equipment to make life better for patients and staff.”

“The rewards I personally gain are many – meeting pleasant people, mixing with our team of 28 volunteers and the fulfilment and satisfaction that I have makes it very worthwhile.”

League Of Friends

Remarkable People Awards

Remarkable People Awards

'Governors' Award for Outstanding Service' winner 2012, Heather Cave

Key staff

Chair: Heather Cave

Shop Manager: Val Dray