The Friends of Royal Brompton Hospital is an independent charity that raises funds for projects around the hospital. It is staffed by volunteers and, as well as raising funds, runs various services in the hospital.
The Friends raise funds through receptions and events across London - in the past, they have hosted events at the House of Lords and Westminster Abbey. They welcome fundraising ideas from members and non-members, so if you are a patient or relative with a suggestion for an activity or event then please do get in touch.
The Friends also welcome volunteers to help run their services at Royal Brompton. They run the on-site florist shop Brompton Flowers, which also sells second-hand books and clothes, and a kiosk in Fulham Road wing.
They also run a trolley service, going straight to patients' bedsides, in both Sydney St and Fulham Road wings.
The Friends have organised for the Evening Standard to be delivered to the hospital. Volunteers are usually available to deliver copies to the wards, but there is also a stand in Sydney St reception.
The Friends have been supporting the hospital's work since the 1960s and some volunteers have given time to them throughout the intervening decades.
Volunteers make 34,000 PPE gowns
In response to a shortage of surgical gowns across the country at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, clinical colleagues from across the Trust took matters into their own hands and developed a blueprint to create our own supply chain. This was then built upon by the Trust's finance department who went on to mastermind a production process to transform surgical drapes into surgical gowns and recruit hundreds of volunteers to produce the much-needed PPE. The film below offers a glimpse into the making of the gowns and hears from some of the fantastic volunteers and organisers who made this possible.
Two ways to donate to the Friends
Thank you for your support of the Friends. All donations welcomed.
1. Online via Just Giving
2. By cheque - made payable to 'Friends of Royal Brompton' and sent to:
Royal Brompton Hospital
London SW3 6NP
The Friends of Royal Brompton charity number is 278058
To contact Friends of Royal Brompton Hospital you should call 020 7351 8272.