Friends of the Friarage Volunteers

Friends of the Friarage logo 2021

Originally the League of Friends, the charity was established in 1957 to support the hospital, and its patients, staff and visitors, by volunteering and raising funds to supplement the services provided by the NHS.  More than 60 years later our aims are unchanged.

The aim of the Friends of the Friarage is to support the work of the Friarage Hospital and the health centres of Hambleton and Richmondshire in providing the best possible healthcare to every patient, above the standards that NHS funding alone allows.  We achieve this through fundraising, charitable donations, legacies and voluntary support.  Unlike many other charities, we do not have paid fundraisers.

Thanks to fundraising activities, charitable donations and legacies, we are able to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, update the hospital environment and support the development of innovative services that impact on quality of care and patient experience.  We also provide smaller items, such as Christmas presents for patients who have the misfortune to be in hospital over that period.

Thanks to our committed volunteers, we provide around 5,500 hours of service every year with the Friarage Hospital Shop, Hospital Trolley Service and Outpatients Escort Service.


How you’ve helped

In the last 60 years, our amazing supporters have helped us raise over a staggering £5 million!

Here are just some examples of what we have achieved in the last few years….

  • £500,000 contribution towards the purchase of an MRI scanner for Friarage Hospital
  • £59,000 for the simulation suite for a range of equipment to help train doctors and nurses of the future, including the Sim Man – a realistic, full-body adult wireless patient simulator
  • £10,300 of bladder scanner equipment for the community continence nursing team and the gynaecology department at the Friarage Hospital
  • £38,000 towards the establishment of a Blackout Service for patients experiencing a temporary loss of consciousness
  • £153,000 for a specialist diagnostic eye scanner for the Ophthalmology Outpatient Department at the Friarage Hospital

Thank you for your support!

Please note that due to COVID-19 we only have limited volunteer roles available at this time.