The League of Friends of
Bexhill Hospital -
Working for the good of
Local patients since 1952

AGM 2019

Triumph and tragedy

FOR our Chairman, the reason that a little girl made a donation when the League held its April collection courtesy of Aldi's London Road store summed up why it was a privilege to serve the charity.

The child made the gift in gratitude for the treatment her daddy was receiving at the hospital's Renal Dialysis Unit, a service for which the League has been buying specialist equipment since the unit was founded 25 years ago.

For the Chairman and for other volunteers at collection days and similar events the gesture characterises the gratitude felt by the public for the work of the League. Addressing the April 17th annual general meeting for the first time since succeeding Stuart Earl as Chairman, Mark Sivyer said he was honoured to take on the role.

The past year had been marked by great sadness with Stuart Earl's death. His tremendous drive and enthusiasm for the League, for Bexhill Hospital and for the town in general would be hugely missed, as would his ever-present sense of humour.

However, it would a great day when the two MRI scanners were inaugurated at the Conquest Hospital for the second scanner, funded by the Bexhill League, would be named in recognition of Stuart's energy and drive in pursuit of the project. Earlier, League President John Dowling had referred to 2018 as a year of triumph and tragedy for the League.

He had concluded by noting that in two decades League membership had shrunk from nearly 2,000 to barely 200, something that had concerned Stuart Earl to the very last. He appealed to members to try and recruit their friends and neighbours to ensure the future of the League.

Treasurer Chris Ashford in his report had shown how the League had invested more than £861,000 in equipment for the benefit of local patients in the past year, over £661,000 of it for the second scanner.

The free bedside televisions the League had bought for Irvine Unit patients a decade before and which had become unserviceable had been replaced. The League had continued to buy much-needed equipment for the eye unit and renal dialysis unit. Stroke Association ambassador

Harold Lawrence, who had stood in for the guest speaker at 48 hours' notice, paid tribute to the staff who had cared for him after his own stroke but warned that, worldwide, strokes were the fourth biggest killer. Some 100,000 people a year suffered strokes in the UK alone. Statistically, that meant two more in the ten minutes allotted for his speech.

Town Mayor Cllr Abul Azad and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust directors Lynette Wells and Peter Palmer joined the Chairman, President and Vice President for a photo-call on the hospital lawn after the meeting

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