STATEMENT FROM THE FRIENDS OF FORDINGBRIDGE SURGERY
We at the Friends of Fordingbridge Surgery join with many thousands of people in mourning the death of Murray Walker. For us here in Fordingbridge, Murray was a very much respected "gentleman" in every sense of the word, and we have had the privilege of having him as the Patron of our Friends of Fordingbridge Surgery. He was always so supportive of the Friends and was a fantastic Patron. We shall miss him greatly, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his dear wife Elizabeth, as she mourns his passing, but also celebrates his life.
Our patients or their relatives often donate money to the Practice, either as a personal gift, a bequest or from a fund raising activity. This is very kind and all these donations are much appreciated.
The Friends of Fordingbridge Surgery was established as a registered charity in 2001, primarily to responsibly manage these donations in order to provide the best benefit for our patients.
The Friends maintain a fund-raising calendar, organised by an enthusiastic new Trustee helped by a few volunteers from within our membership. Proceeds are used to fund the purchasing of equipment or improving facilities in areas of the Practice that may not be adequately met by the NHS funding. The Friends' aim is to improve the experience of patients using the Surgery, and to enhance its facilities to a level of excellence.
Other important work for the Friends is to maintain an active dialogue with the Patient Participation Group, and to try to understand more clearly the areas of the Surgery that may be improved.
A Patient Satisfaction Survey is completed annually and appraised by the Friends with the intention of service improvement.
The Friends are currently chaired by Mr Ian Newman ably supported by a small executive committee. Details of membership, equipment purchased and fundraising events may be found with the current Newsletter.
The charity celebrates its 20th year in 2021 and to mark this occasion, the Friends have created a new logo, launched a new look, modern newsletter and created a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofFordingbridgeSurgery/ and an Instagram account @friendsoffordingbridgesurgery
Anyone who would like to be involved with the Friends would be most welcome. We welcome any fundraising ideas and any other suggestions you may have. Please email email@example.com with your contact details. If you would like to make a donation to the FOFS Charity please click here for the gift aid form.