Who Are The Friends?
The Friends of St. Mark's Hospital are people who wish to support the work of this internationally famous specialist hospital. The Friends make their voluntary contribution in a variety of ways, with particular emphasis on the welfare of the patients themselves. They devote their time mainly to promoting social activities and raising funds which are used to improve the comfort and well-being of our patients.
The Friends serving on the Committee are elected as Trustees of the Charity by membership. The Committee meets each month to conduct the business of the Friends, consider requests and organise future activities.
The Annual General Meeting, to which all members are invited, is traditionally held in the latter part of June.
We produce a Newsletter for our members twice a year to provide news of the Hospital and the Friends and to give information on past and future events. We often print articles of interest sent to us by our members so we would like to hear from you!
What Do They Do?
The Hospital moved from City Road, London in 1995. Since it has been at Northwick Park we have established a garden at the front entrance of St. Mark's, as a retreat for patients and staff. We are responsible for its maintenance.
The Friends set up the St. Mark's Tea Bar, which is run by a team of volunteers.
The Friends finance the art work display throughout the hospital. The loaned works are changed every six months and some pictures have been purchased by St Mark's.
They organise activities throughout the year and the funds raised are used to provide extra amenities and equipment for patients in the Hospital (and sometimes in their own homes). For example, The Friends financed the refurbishment of the patients' Day Room on Frederick Salmon Ward and profits from the Tea Bar equipped the patients' Laundry Room on the Ward.
Will You Become a Friend?
Please consider becoming a FRIEND OF ST. MARK'S HOSPITAL. Your support would be most welcome. Our annual subscription is a minimum of £5, but we are of course pleased to receive donations of any amount. The annual subscription falls due on 5th April. If you join after 1st January you will remain a member until 5th April of the following year. If you pay by standing order your subscription will automatically be collected annually (when the order was set up).
If you are a taxpayer, giving by covenant is the most tax efficient way of supporting the work of The Friends of St. Mark's Hospital. When you take out a covenant you make a written promise to donate regularly for at least four years, usually on a monthly or annual basis. Setting up a standing order is the most convenient way to pay.
Under this agreement the Friends of St. Mark's Hospital, as a registered charity, is eligible to reclaim the tax which you have already paid on the money you give. This means that the value of your gift is increased by nearly a third at no extra cost to you. Life membership is £100.
Contact us to find out more.