Annual Report Meeting 2023

Annual Report 2023

The Annual Report Meeting (ARM) and Annual Public Meeting (APM) for the Friends of Mary Hewetson Hospital, Keswick, was held at the hospital on the 8th November 2023. The annual report and audited annual accounts were presented to the trustees by our Treasurer, Eugene Lambert, who outlined the Friends’ financial position for the financial year ending 30 Sep 2023.

In summary, general donations were down significantly, probably due to the UK’s ongoing cost of living crisis and/or a changing hospital admissions policy. However, and fortunately, this has been more than offset by the receipt of some very significant and generous legacies which have further strengthened our financial position.

Our highlight funding achievement for the year was a second payment of £100,000 to North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) that helped finance the costs of a significant hospital ward extension in 2019. The public benefits of this extension are four (4) modern ward beds, representing a 33% increase in the hospital’s inpatient capacity.

In terms of trustees, we said a fond farewell to Mike Bulman (see previous news article) who stood down after almost 30 years as a trustee; Dorothy Savage stood down as Chair with Shelagh Lambert taking over the role, and Sylvia Darigala took over from Gail Miller as our new Secretary. We welcome a new trustee to our ranks, Gillian Montgomery.

For the year ahead, and given our strong financial position thanks to the generosity of our donors and legatees, our primary goal is to identify and fund a major project for the benefit of Keswick Hospital. A trustee working party is being set up to liaise with the NCIC NHS Trust, our contacts at Keswick Hospital, and the local community.

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