As I write on this sunny day it gives me great pleasure to report on the achievements of the Foundation over the past 6 months.
Despite the constant demand on our nursing service, our dedicated nurses, often faced with exceptionally busy weekends and challenging cases, have managed admirably. They continually look for new ways to improve the fine quality of care that they provide and have welcomed recognition from the Department of Health (DOH) which gave a grant to improve facilities.
Our loyal band of volunteers have devoted an increasing amount of time and expertise to administrative tasks and to orchestrating fundraising events. During the summer months there have been many highly successful events organized by our supporters and I should like to thank all those involved. I should also like to thank Philippa Steward for her help in marketing. Grateful thanks are due to our patrons, Lord and Lady Bessborough, who kindly hosted the Opera dinner evenings at Stansted House, raising over £20,000. With this income boost and with a few generous donations from loyal supporters we have been able to add to our investment funds for future staff recruitment.
In April, Rear Admiral Jeremy de Halpert joined the Trustee Board. With a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and in retirement with Trinity House, his expertise is welcomed and will add considerable strength to the board. Jeremy has already been busy establishing important links with the SE Hants Clinical Commissioning Group and he will oversee the spending of the DOH grant.
Canon Terry Louden retired from the Ministry in July and sadly this necessitated his resignation from the Trustee Board. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the Foundation not only for his guidance and wise counsel at trustee meetings over the past 13 years but also for his support to the nursing staff and his major contribution to the wellbeing of our charity.
In the coming months the search for 2 new trustees will continue and we would welcome more volunteers. The Rosemary Foundation will however always need to rely on all our supporters and friends and with their help I am optimistic that in the coming year the charity will flourish and go from strength to strength.
With very best wishes to everyone,
Dr Patricia Golding, Chair of Trustees