About Us


The Friends of the Stamford Hospitals was established following a public meeting in the Town Hall of Stamford on October 11th, 1962. It was not though till December 1963 that it was registered as a charity and started to undertake its main task of providing amenities and comforts for the patients and staff of the Hospital. At this time the NHS was only 15 years old, and there were still many gaps in what was available to make the Hospital more comfortable for patients.

The objects of the Friends are listed in the Constitution and remain as relevant in 2012 as they did in 1963. Particularly the Friends work hard to foster and reflect the support of local people in the work of the Hospital, for example by encouraging membership, providing regular information and holding meetings. They are also active in raising funds, which have been used for a wide variety of purposes, and increasingly to fund extra pieces of equipment to help develop further the services offered at the Hospital.

The patrons of the Friends in 1963 were the Marquess of Exeter and the Earl of Ancaster, and their successors have kindly agreed to continue this role, the patrons in 2012 being Miranda Rock and Lady Jane Willoughby.

The committee of the Friends meets four times a year to discuss fund raising, to receive requests for funding and discuss any other issues affecting the Hospital. The current Matron, Susan Brookes, attends these meetings and gives invaluable advice about services that deserve support, and often other members of staff attend to make their case.

You may see our Constitution by clicking Friends' Constitution