Gartnavel Royal Auxiliary, a registered charity run by local volunteers from northwest Glasgow, is celebrating 70th birthday.
The charity is embracing a new era by making changes which they are confident will raise its profile and encourage new members who will bring new skills and ideas to complement those of current Trustees.
The Gartnavel Royal Auxiliary has now become The Charity for Gartnavel Royal Hospital. The new strapline, Supporting Mental Health Recovery, will highlight its main objective, attract new fundraisers and identify new ways to further support the hospital.
The charity encourages staff to submit requests for materials for ward projects or for equipment for patients to use on the ward. For example, a new table and equipment for table tennis was provided.
The charity also contributes funds, for example, towards the cost of bringing The Heavy Horses and the Scottish Owl Centre to the annual Over the Wall event which is held in the grounds at the end of each August and which aims to be a festival for patients, relatives, neighbours and staff.
At Christmas, it co-ordinates gifts from local churches so that patients may receive a present on Christmas morning. In addition, it has supported many projects such as gardening which patients enjoy very much.
The charity’s ideas to fund raise include encouraging staff to participate in sponsored walks, runs and swims - for the charity which supports their own Hospital.
John Brown, chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “This is an exciting time for the charity as it celebrates its 70th birthday and rebrands itself as the Charity for Gartnavel Royal Hospital.
“The charity has been a great friend to a great number of patients and staff at Gartnavel Royal Hospital for many years.
“I’m sure this wonderful support will endure as a result of this relaunch and the Charity for Gartnavel Royal Hospital will continue to make a real difference to the lives of our patients.
The charity is very keen to invite new members to contribute to the work of the Committee. The committee meets 8-9 times a year, usually on the first Monday of the month, at the Gartnavel Hub.
Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to contact Gartnavel Royal’s Voluntary Services Manager on 0141 211 3681 or Email [email protected]