Stafford & Cannock League of Hospital Friends keep cafe open for NHS

“We want to give hospital frontline workers a small lift during a difficult time”

Pictured left, chief executive Martin Thornley, Lucy Amos, Gill Hancocks, Tracey Andrews, chair Harold Bould and vice chair Val James (front)
Pictured left, chief executive Martin Thornley, Lucy Amos, Gill Hancocks, Tracey Andrews, chair Harold Bould and vice chair Val James (front)

Those were the words of Harold Bould, chairman of Stafford & Cannock League of Hospital Friends, who along with other members have been working to keep the cafe at Cannock Chase Hospital open for takeaways throughout lockdown.

Members have even opened a small shop for essentials for the key workers.

Mr Bould said they wanted to give staff a small lift during the difficult time by being there for them even during lockdown.

He said: “From 1958 the League of Friends has been raising money to fund those little extras for patients and staff that would never make it onto the hospital budget.

“Today the League of Friends supported by its volunteers has made sure that by keeping its café open at Cannock Chase Hospital, staff and visitors can still have hot drinks and food throughout the whole Covid-19 period.

“The main activity for Stafford & Cannock League of Hospital Friends in Cannock and Stafford is the provision of a supported accommodation programme in conjunction with mental health, social and probation services for up to 58 vulnerable individuals with mental health problems.”

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