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Morriston Hospital’s dedicated League of Friends has been given the royal seal of approval as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Prince Charles paid a special visit to the hospital on 23rd February 2018 to meet the team and get a close-up look at some of the equipment and services their hard work has paid for.
Now the oldest hospital league in the UK, over the years the group has been responsible for raising a remarkable £2,200,000 which has gone directly into supporting patient care.
Among those welcoming the Prince was League of Friends Chairman John Hughes MBE, whose father William Randall Hughes was one of its founder members back in 1943.
Pre-dating the NHS, it was established to provide film shows and concerts for wounded servicemen and the very first pieces of equipment it bought were headphones for each hospital bed.
Mr Hughes said: “My mother Gladys was also a member and I was brought up to be a part of it. I remember being a 12-year-old boy helping to show films on the wards and it has just gone from there. ”
The family tradition continues as the League’s current secretary is John’s wife Patricia whose own mother and father were also involved.
That proud history of fundraising – which has paid for everything from accommodation for patients’ families through to a cutting edge 3D scanner – was highlighted during the royal visit.
During his time at Morriston Prince Charles visited The President and Vice Presidents of the League, Committee members and Supporters and past Members and talked about their work over the years and praised them on their achievements over 75 years.
The seven volunteers who now make up the League also explained their other contributions which include providing a small Christmas present for every patient and member of staff.
Mr Hughes, who had previously met the Prince when he was presented with his MBE for Services to the Community in Swansea, said:
“We are so honoured and very grateful that His Royal Highness found time to come and find out more about our work here at Morriston.
We are now only a small group but we are very proud of everything that the League has been able to achieve over the decades.
Our aim has always been to do whatever we can to help the patients – whether that is taking them to worship in the hospital’s multi-faith room or providing the funds for vital new equipment. Morriston Hospital remains such an important part of our community and our dedication to support it is as strong now as it was 75 years ago.”
Hospital Director Rebecca Carlton added: “The dedication and support of the League of Friends and their fundraising has been incredible. The impact their donations have made is tremendous.
“We were so pleased to have welcomed Prince Charles and given him the opportunity to see why our League is so special.”
If you would like to help continue the League of Friends’ work the committee meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday and would welcome new members.
Contact Mrs Patricia Hughes on 01792 794480 or Mrs Sian Harris Williams on 01639 591874 to find out more.