What We Do
The League of Friends Musgrove Park, is one of the oldest local charities. It was formed by the Rotary Club of Taunton in 1959 with the two main aims of:
- Promoting Voluntary Service in the hospital and
- Raising Funds to provide better equipment and facilities at Musgrove, over and above what the NHS could afford to provide.
It is still the case today that we wish to provide the best possible equipment for our local hospital which is now a very well regarded Foundation Trust Hospital.
New mini dustcart cleaning up Musgrove, bought with donations from the League of Friends
Over the past 50 years we have helped provide many pieces of essential equipment benefitting most hospital departments, from comparatively small items like wheel chairs and syringe drivers to funding for some major building and refurbishment works, including:
- The Intensive Care Unit (1971)
- Rebuilding the Paediatric Wards (1989)
- Updating the Special Care Baby Unit (1999)
- Providing the League of Friends Bungalow, Bastable Lodge
- Raising £350,000 towards the £1million CT Scanner commissioned in Autumn 2012 (50th Birthday CT Scanner Appeal 2009-2012)
- Raising £58k for a Spinal Microscope (2014)
- Funding everything for all 112 rooms in new Jubilee Building (2014)
- Equipping 4 new acute bays in Accident and Emergency department (2014)
President Chris Cutting, Peter Renshaw and Dr Ru Macdonagh
Thank you so much for your help with these projects – we couldn’t have done it without you!
Shop and Trolley Service
We have a shop in the Old Building, and also a trolley service around the wards 3 times a week. We purchased new lighter trollies in 2014 which make life easier for our volunteers. These are run by over 200 Shop Volunteers on a rota, supplying patients, visitors and staff with some of the little extras that make life more comfortable – such as newspapers, magazines, sweets and toiletries. Profit from this service goes towards our current appeal for equipment for the hospital.
If you would like to make some new friends and spend a worthwhile few hours each week helping us, why not ring and find out more or read our volunteering page. You would work with a buddy and need commit to no more than a few hours each week or two. If you are interested in helping us in this way please contact Shop Manager Jackie Booth on 01823 284944.
The forerunner of the trolley service?
A library for the wounded soldiers when Musgrove Park was first built and run by the American army during the war.
The current Old Building shop started out after the war as a cafe run by volunteers of the League of Friends.
One lady told us, “My husband had been posted down here during the war. After the war it seemed the obvious thing to do, to volunteer for Musgrove – it was the main thing in the area and I thought it would be a good way of meeting people and making new friends. So my friend and I started out working in the League of Friends cafe”.
Shop Opening Times
Monday to Friday: 8.15am to 8.00pm.
Saturdays and Sundays: 2pm to 4pm.
Second hand Book Sales
Good second hand paperback books are sold in the corridor outside the Duchess Building shop by volunteers one midweek morning each week. (See times in shop window). Last year they raised over £2,000!
Bastable Lodge is a bungalow built by the League of Friends. Family members of acute patients can stay there so that they are right on the hospital complex in times of crisis. Access is via the ward sister of the department treating the patient.
This much-used facility is free of charge, although it is hoped that visitors will give a donation towards the upkeep. There are five comfortable bedrooms and a big open-plan kitchen/living room.
Read more about Bastable Lodge HERE »
Donate to our Into Bed Appeal
All donations are gratefully received.
Interested in volunteering? We have all kinds of projects which need your help.