The Friends of The Princess Royal University Hospital

The aim of the Friends is to raise money to provide the extras which we hope will improve the hospital experience of patients and to help lift staff morale. Items can be large such as an ultrasound scanner or smaller such as a radio and bookcase for the discharge lounge, clothing for patients discharged without any access to their own and items of furniture for day rooms.

During the pandemic we were pleased to provide Activity Boxes for patients to help while away the hours when no visiting was allowed. Currently, due to our ageing population, the hospital is in the process of refurbishing the medical wards to make them dementia friendly to the highest standard and we have been asked to support this work.

As we are all aware the past eighteen months have been a very testing period for us all. During this time, our fundraising has been drastically curtailed and so we have had to become much more internet savvy and hold our fundraising events online. Our Zoom events such as a Christmas Quiz, a Speaker on the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, and an evening as part of the Orpington Literary Festival raised just over £2,000. We also raised money via our website selling masks and holding a Patchwork and Photographic project. These were converted into art works which are now on display in the hospital.

We were grateful to Dean Wilson, the Locksbottom funeral directors, for organising a tombola and cake sale in aid of our charity and our chairman and other helpers have also held some pop-up sales at which we were able to sell our 100 donated gifts in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, all of which raised a further £1,500.

Our Christmas cards were a great success last year and our selection for this year can also be purchased via our website as above or by contacting: Sue Simpson tel: 01689 852751. There are 8 lovely designs at £3.25 per pack or £3 for ten packs or more.

We have very kindly been named as your Charity in Focus for December, thank you. As part of this we will be holding a Christmas Card and Gift sale on Sunday 5th December after the Toy Service at St Giles where we look forward to meeting many of you.

If children would like to bring a small toy which we could sell to raise funds or perhaps draw a picture or write a letter to the children who are having to spend Christmas in hospital, we would be happy to pass these on. Please come along and support us.

We wish you a safe and healthy time for you, your families and friends this Christmas.

Wendy Reeves
Vice-chairman Friends of the PRUH

Charities in Focus 2022

Here are the nominated charities for 2022.

Month Charity
Jan - Feb The Church of Bangladesh
March Zimbabwe a National Emergency (ZANE)
April  - May Christian Aid
(May - June The Parish Fete)
July - August Away From It All (AFIA)
September The Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Bromley Homeless Shelter

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot.

At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charities are supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart.  

If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267


Charity Film Nights:

Charity Film nights will restart in January.

Charity in Focus 2021

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergency
March Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August The Primrose Centre
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Friends of the PRUH.
Eddie Roberts