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The Friends of Moorfields is justifiably well known for its network of volunteers. For our day-by-day service in support of the work of the hospital we are always looking to recruit newcomers. The office is always delighted to hear from anyone interested in offering help in this way. No previous experience is necessary; full training will be given. Initially contact the Friends' office for a "no obligation chat." Contact Us.
Areas of operation include:
The hospital shop opens throughout the working week, situated on the ground floor of the main City Road building. Volunteers work alongside Friends of Moorfields staff to serve customers - hospital staff, visitors and patients, including many with sight difficulties - and to assist with shelf-filling, price-marking, etc.
Based on the Shop we offer a twice-daily trolley service - confectionery, newspapers, etc - around wards and clinic waiting areas.
Two Information Desks - in the main City Road building and at the Children's Centre in Peerless Street - provide welcoming and informative help points.
More than 20,000 enquiries are received each year at these Information Desks: the location of a clinic or the nearest toilet, details of A&E facilities, the time of a particular Consultant's next visit, the whereabouts of the local McDonalds, details of prices in the Friends' Cafeteria or of the Congestion Charge system!
We are pleased to provide volunteers to support and work alongside clinic clerks and in the Booking Centre - assisting with clerical work, sorting and prioritising appointments, caring for waiting patients, etc.
Monthly Sales - "MOORFIELDS MINI MART"
This regular fundraising activity is held in the Outpatients' corridor near our Shop and Cafeteria. It raises welcome funds from the sale of books, videos, DVDs, talking book cassettes, CDs and a miscellaneous selection of other goods kindly given by supporters. Donated items may be brought to the Hospital at any time - if the Friends' office or the Shop is closed please leave clearly-marked packages at the main Reception Desk. See Events and Activities for sale dates.
Occasional ART & JEWELLERY SALES
Contributions of artwork - any medium, any size, any subject! - and items of jewellery for these sales are always welcome. See Events and Activities for sale dates.
We can never have too large a team for this fundraising activity. Volunteers offer collecting stints ranging from an hour or two to a full day at stores and underground stations. See Events and Activities for collecting dates coming up shortly.
Many members of the public are happy to support the work of Moorfields Eye Hospital and we are anxious to increase the number of opportunities for them to do so. Friends' Collecting Days are held at stations and stores in London and at a selection of other venues, with our team of volunteer collectors giving two or three hours of their time to help. Contact Us if you might be able to lend a hand.
Making Goods for Sale
We are so grateful to ladies (and the occasional gentleman) who send knitted and other handmade goods to raise funds in the Friends' Shops or Monthly Sale.
Special events require special groups of people. Sales, Concerts, Exhibitions ... all these and more rely on focused, hard-working committees who accept responsibility for the success of each event.
We offer three sorts of collecting box for you to raise funds for the Friends of Moorfields:
- Home Box: a little card box for your hall table or sideboard, size just 5" x 2.3" x 2.3"
- Shop Box: 8" tall royal blue plastic box for shop counter and special events
- Bucket: specially-shaped, strong, royal blue plastic bucket for those loads-of-cash days!
All help gratefully received.
...and there's more!
Inevitably there are occasional miscellaneous one-off tasks - stuffing the quarterly newsletter into envelopes for mailing, ensuring leaflets are available throughout the hospital, re-sealing used collection boxes, listing goods for the annual Shop stock-take, helping the nursing staff with NHS survey initiatives, etc., etc. - which are difficult to include in a given category.
* Activities marked with an asterisk require the volunteer to commit to a regular weekly attendance. Others operate less frequently or to a different format.
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LONG SERVICE AWARDS
The time and commitment offered by five members of the Friends’ volunteer team was recognised by special Long Service presentations at the Annual General Meeting in November 2012. Congratulations and warmest appreciation were expressed to Marilyn Heathfield, Suon Kuok, Iris Martin, Richard Poynter, Sheila Whittaker, Margaret Woolmer, Rozetta Woolmer and Ashkan Khalili (all 5 years). Rosemary Buttar, Edith Clarke and Jean Higgins (all 10 years). Isobel Dennett (15 years). Catharine Elliott and Ann Tourle (20 years).