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Hospital friends in plea for more helpers as two officials retire

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

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The Friends of St Michael's Hospital have put out an urgent plea for more volunteers and committee members.

The charity, which supports staff and patients at the hospital in Hayle, is desperate to hear from people interested in helping out as it will lose its chairman and treasurer in the coming months.

Current chairman Howard Hollingsbee said the Friends have contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds towards building improvements and equipment at the hospital over the years.

He added: "Some 30,000 people marched in support of St Michael's a few years ago – how about coming to make a really direct contribution now that the hospital has fine new operating theatres and a clear future as a centre of excellence in orthopaedic and breast surgery as well as other in and outpatient services."

Mr Hollingsbee will stand down at the Friends' annual general meeting later this year after serving nearly ten years and said it would be great to see a competition for the election of the new chairman.

The position of treasurer also needs to be filled by a willing volunteer.

The Friends is a registered charity and one of its most recent donations was £30,000 towards the upgrade of radiography equipment in the x-ray department, bringing the department up to national state-of-the-art standards and allowing almost instant clinical access to sophisticated x-ray images.

Other projects have included fundraising for specialist ultrasound equipment, upgraded beds, seating, and theatre equipment.

Mr Hollignsbee said that he would continue to be involved with the Friends but he feels it is time to make way for some new blood and fresh ideas on the committee, which usually has seven or eight members.

He said: "The committee comprises a small group of friendly people and all members and hospital volunteers are welcome at meetings, which are two to three monthly.

"Importantly, we need new people with new ideas, who appreciate the resources and staff at our much-loved local hospital."

The committee meets around five times a year and all positions are unpaid.

To find out more or to get involved, contact Mr Hollingsbee on 01736 753324 or 07841 522021.

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