Friends of Victoria and Whyteman's Brae Hospitals
New Wing at Victoria Hospital
Friends of Victoria, Forth Park and Whyteman’s Brae Hospitals was founded in 1969. It is collectively referred to as the “Friends”, who are a Committee of volunteer members comprising of hospital staff and lay members who are even in proportion.
Since it’s founding, the “Friends” has always been held in very high regard throughout the community and its success is due, not only to the hard work and dedication of its Committee through the years but, most importantly, reflects the generosity of the people of Kirkcaldy, indeed, the whole of Fife.
2011 saw a number of changes to the way health care is delivered across Fife. Following two years of construction, patients transferred from Queen Margaret Hospital and Forth Park Maternity Hospital to the new, state-of-the-art, wing at Victoria Hospital. This prompted a name change to ‘The Friends of Victoria and Whyteman’s Brae Hospitals’.
Although the name has changed, the objectives remain the same. ‘Friends’ aim to provide funds for comforts, amenities and other reasonable requests for the benefit of patients and staff of both hospitals, and to receive gifts of all kinds including donations, legacies and endowments for the advancement of the work of the Committee.
The present office bearers are Chair – Mrs Eleanor A Young, Superintendent Radiographer (Retired); Vice Chair – Mrs Heather Ogg, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dermatology (Retired); Secretary – Mrs Iris McNab.
Fundraising is an ongoing activity of the “Friends” and the main source of fundraising has been achieved through events known as Garden Fetes. Between 1969 and 1998 these fetes have raised approximately £150,000.
There have been seven such Fetes each of which were opened by celebrities of the day – Jimmy Shand, Ronnie Corbett, Molly Weir, Rikki Fulton, Johnny Beattie, Jane Franchi and Russell Hunter. The “Friends” Garden Fete is considered to be a prestigious event in the Kirkcaldy calendar.
How ‘Friends’ have helped
“Friends” have financed medical equipment and comforts for the hospitals totaling £300,000. £15,500 has gone towards eye equipment for the Diabetes Centre, and £6,000 towards the furnishing of the Victoria Hospital Chapel to benefit all denominations.
From 2007, “Friends” have donated £15,000 to the dedicated Stroke Unit and has provided funding to Medical Photography, Pharmacy, Radiology, Music Therapy, Ophthalmology, Victoria Radio Network, the Children’s Ward, and a variety of Forth Park Hospital projects. The ‘friends’ also financed the furniture for the newly renovated Seaview Ward at Whyteman’s Brae Hospital.
This year, “Friends” have financed new seating for the A & E waiting area and atrium in the new wing, and have provided a sum of £10,000 towards the Adam Smith College Art Students’ project to benefit of the Paediatric Department of the new wing.
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