Friends of Keswick Hospital standing outside the Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick with Skiddaw in the background

Friends of the Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick

Supporting the patients, staff and visitors at Keswick Hospital by fundraising for additional equipment and amenities.

How we help Keswick Hospital

The Friends of Keswick Hospital charity, established in 1965, raises and distributes funds to provide amenities for the patients and staff of the Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick. We are volunteers, hospital staff (past and present) and members of the local community. When the hospital was threatened with closure in 2007, our trustees played a key role in saving it. In 2019 we provided £200k of funding towards a major hospital ward extension which provided four new in-patient beds. Here are some other items that we have funded more recently.

A simple weight set (£100) for the physiotherapy department. 

A simple weight set (£100) for the physiotherapy department. 

A BVT02 Bladder Scanner

A portable bladder scanner (£4,700) for general ward use.

A hot food trolley purchased by friends of keswick hospital

A heated food trolley (£800) for the catering department.

Important Information

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About Keswick Hospital

The Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick opened in 1892 following the generous donation of a farm and land by Henry Hewetson, a prosperous ex-Keswickian philanthropist, who wished the hospital to be ‘a memorial of the beneficent nature and life’ of his sister, Mary. Extended and improved over the years, and now managed by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust, the hospital is a vital resource for the people of Keswick and the surrounding area, providing sixteen in-patient beds, an urgent treatment centre, physiotherapy and occupational therapy services, etc. Patients are admitted from all over north Cumbria, whilst its urgent treatment centre provides services for local people and the many thousands of visitors to the World Heritage Site that is the Lake District National Park.

Latest News

  • Check out our new collection boxes!

    Check out our new collection boxes!

    Look out for our new Friends of Keswick Hospital charity collection boxes, to help us with our ongoing fundraising. Our volunteers will shortly be sending them out to start their mission in the local area, and we will also use them in person at future fundraising events. If you would like to host one of… Read More

Where to Find Keswick Hospital


Crosthwaite Road,
CA12 5PH

Tel: 01768 245678

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