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The Friends are a group of people raising funds to support

the local hospital and other medical institutions within the

Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge district for the benefit of the community

“needs that vary - support that doesn’t”

The Friends of Burnham Hospital is a registered charity


Lending a Helping Hand

Friends of Burnham-on-Sea War Memorial Hospital, located in the heart of Burnham-on-Sea, is a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those in need. With the dedication of our volunteers, staff members, and partners, we strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs help within the community.

The Friends have raised from events, donations and legacies, more than £2,000,000 since 1966.  This has been spent on a variety of equipment, as well as the fabric of the hospital.  Some of the major projects include the building of the conservatory, the purchase and refurbishment of the Peter Holmes Annexe and the provision of a state of the art Ophthalmic Suite.

The Hospital is equipped with the most modern and up to date electronic beds and mattresses funded by the Friends.

An extensive refurbishment took place 2009/10 using £310,000 of Friends money and £400,000 from the Trust.  The project involved the Friends working closely with the PCT to improve patient privacy, dignity, security and infection control.

In addition, the Friends have paid for many items, including patient dining room furniture and awnings above ward windows.  Newspapers and maintenance of the gardens are paid for an a regular basis.

No reasonable request to the Friends by Consultants or Nursing Staff has ever been turned down. The Hospital is always looking for volunteers to work with patients.  If you are interested please pass your name to the hospital Matron.

The Friends of the Hospital act for the benefit of the Community Hospital, please feel free to contact us and to become a member.

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