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Welcome to Friends of the Friarage!

Making a difference to our community across Hambleton & Richmondshire

About Us

Supporting the Friarage Hospital and local community for over 65 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 65 years later we continue to benefit the patients and staff of Friarage Hospital and Hambleton & Richmondshire.

In the last 65 years, the enthusiasm and efforts of our hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing supporters have helped us raise an outstanding £5million.




Volunteer hours every year

£5 million

Raised and spent over 65 years


8Apr 2024

PM calls in to meet Friends of...

You may have seen Prime Minister Rishi Sunak paid a visit to the Friarage to see the progress on the new £35m surgical hub underway at the hospital and to ceremonially lay one of the first bricks on site. We were thrilled that as part of his visit, Rishi also called into the shop to...

21Mar 2024

Have you seen our new Eco Shop?

This wonderful new addition to the Friarage Shop has been set up by South Tees Trust's Waste & Sustainability Manager, Laura Hallett, following the successful launch of an Eco Shop at James Cook Hospital back in 2022. Laura, pictured here with one of our Friarage Shop volunteers, has...

8Feb 2024

Thank you, Peter!

It was so great to catch up with Peter at the Friarage following his epic 65-mile swim challenge for Friends of the Friarage. Peter raised a MASSIVE £1,237.00 for us - and we - and Peter - would like to thank every person and business that made a donation.  We are so grateful to...

Sophia Constable Statue
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Picture of Stokesley
Picture of Leyburn Market Place
Picture of East Witton


  • "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
  • "Friends of the Friarage are our lifeblood!"
    Friarage Hospital Member of Staff
  • "We are so grateful to Friends of Friarage. Their funding has provided a wonderful education centre, with world class teaching facilities. The Strive Academic Centre will deliver the healthcare workforce of the future."
    James Dunbar, Clinical Chair at the Friarage
  • "I would just like to say a huge thanks for the present I received while in the DCU over Christmas. It really was a little bit of brightness during a very dark period - I was in Christmas Eve until Boxing Day. The lotions were lovely and I even got sugar-free goodies as I am a diabetic. All very thoughtful. The Christmas cards from the Allertonshire pupils were also appreciated although we did all go home with glitter everywhere! I used to work in schools so I do know the problem! Please could you pass on my thanks to the school. Thanks again."
  • "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
  • "Volunteering has helped my communication skills and confidence with the public. This has helped me with successful interviews."
    Lennon, Friends of the Friarage Volunteer