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  • Friends of the Friarage Big NHS Cheque
  • Friends of the Friarage local volunteers
  • Friends of the Friarage two Board of Trustee members

About Us

Supporting the Friarage Hospital and local community for over 60 years

Originally the League of Friends, the charity was established in 1957 to support the hospital, its patients, staff and visitors by volunteering and raising funds to supplement the services provided by the NHS.  More than sixty years later we continue to benefit the patients and staff of Friarage Hospital and Hambleton & Richmondshire.

In the last sixty years, the enthusiasm and efforts of our hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing supporters have helped us raise an outstanding £5million.




Volunteer hours in 2019

£5 million

Raised and spent over 60 years
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  • "The Friends of the Friarage has a wonderful reputation for all the fund raising they do and the support they give to both patients and staff at the Friarage Hospital and I have to say it is well deserved. Once again, thank you for your support."
    Consultant anaesthetist Richard Muzawazi
  • "I see my volunteer role as a warm, friendly greeting to the Outpatients Department. I aim to put patients at their ease and to direct and help them where I can."
  • "I like to meet the patients and direct them to the appropriate clinic."
  • "I enjoy doing the trolley as I feel that I am giving something back, for all the treatment I have had in the past from the Friarage. I enjoy meeting and chatting to patients, especially those who don’t have visitors. Also for those patients not able to go to the hospital shop they are pleased to buy from the trolley."
    Clare McMurray
  • "It’s always nice to chat to people and to help them. Patients often say “thank you” for coming round, even if they don’t buy anything. We feel we are giving something back to the community. Anything that helps the Friarage patients during their stay must be good!"
    Joan Sharp
  • "I’ve worked at the Friarage shop for over a year with many different volunteers. I enjoy the contact with people, both customers and staff. Working as a cashier and being involved with stock replenishment, I love feeling I am making the shop a success and of benefit to visitors and staff as well as in-patients."
    Steve Forrest
  • "I work here because I love people, especially in the hospital shop where you are helping patients, visitors and the staff. It makes me feel good. Sometimes on a morning I feel a little low but when I come into the shop I feel great. It gives me a lift for the rest of the day."
    Dot Boynton