Legacies have had a huge impact on the fund raising work of the League of Friends of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton in the past year.

The League’s annual meeting last week was told that money generously left by people in their wills had enabled the hospital to buy vital equipment, including a £1.5 million robotic surgery console which is having a huge impact on surgical procedures at the hospital.

Treasurer Hilary Corcoran said: “Legacies have been so important to us and we are enormously grateful to people who think about the work of the hospital when they are preparing their wills. It’s often the case that decisions made by people decades ago help us today.

“Certainly we would not have been able to invest in state of the art robotic surgery had it not been for legacies. And surgeons at the hospital tell us that is greatly benefiting patients in several different surgical disciplines.”

The annual meeting was told that the past year had been a highly successful one for fund raising and this year was unlikely to match it.

But Chairman Peter Renshaw told the meeting that the great work by its dedicated band of volunteers was still enabling the League to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds.

He particular praised the work of those who run the League of Friends shop within the hospital, which, in spite of a shortage of volunteers, had managed to increase its sales. Last year the turnover was more than £350,000, with all the profits going to the charity, to support the hospital.

President Chris Cutting paid tribute to everyone who had worked so hard throughout the year.

“Everyone involved in the League of Friends is a volunteer. And they work tirelessly to raise funds,” he said.

The League is always looking for new volunteers, especially in the hospital shop, even to give just a few hours a week.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Tina on 01823 – 342394.