Tuesday 17th November 2015: Catherine Bell, who owns the Cockermouth Paper Shop, completed a sponsored bike ride in September together with her daughter. This was done in memory of her mother.
They cycled a route which took them past many of the places where her mother had lived and enjoyed, and raised over £1000.
Catherine has donated this to the League of Friends, who will ensure it is used to improve the services patients will receive at the hospital. Both the League and the hospital are most grateful for her donation.
On 17th November Catherine and her daughter visited the hospital and, as well as making the presentation, thanked the hospital and nursing staff for all the kindness shown to herself and her family.

Ken Archer (Chairman of League of Friends), Nursing Staff, and Catherine and her daughter

Sunday 22nd November 2015: At the Cockermouth Lights Switch on, The League of sold delicious mulled cider from our Bright Pink Gazebo. (*Rearranged sentence) Our efforts raised over £250 for the hospital. Thank you to everyone who supported us!

Thursday 26th November 2015: There was a gathering at the Hospital where 6 benches were presented to the hospital.
All 6 benches were donated. Sincere thanks are due to Cockermouth Rotary, The Town Council, The Lionesses, and the Reynolds Family.

Wednesday 16 March 2016: The League of Friends had been operating as an “unincorporated body” since its beginning in 1953. In December 2015 application was made to the Charities Commission, and on 16th March the League became a Registered Charity. Our Reg. No. is 1166275.

Saturday 19th March 2016: Ladies Committee Coffee Morning and Raffle Draw raised £655.

Thursday 5th May 2016: Town Mayor* (Julie Laidlaw) presented a cheque for £758 to the League of Friends from her charity fund.

Saturday 16th April 2016: Isel Ward at the hospital was presented with a Folding Bed for relatives visiting very poorly patients, 2 CD Players, a DVD player and 7DVDs.

Monday 16th May 2016: The League registered with HMRC and becomes eligible for Gift Aid as from 16th May. For all individual donations from UK taxpayers, accompanied by a simple form (which the League can provide) the tax can be reclaimed, enhancing the donation by 25%. The first Gift Aid payment from HMRC was received on 15th Nov 2016.

Friday 15th July 2016: The League provided to Isel Ward at the hospital, 8 Dyson hot & cold fans, costing £2329.71. These provide much needed relief for patients in extremes of temperature and are a good example of the facilities the League can provide to enhance the comfort levels for patients.

Sunday 20th November 2016: Cockermouth Lights Switch-on. The League held a Giant Tombola and a Bran Tub for children. Well over £800 was raised. Our sincere thanks to all the shops and businesses in town who provided us with prizes.

Throughout 2016 the League of Friends as a whole and individual members have been engaging with the Success Regime, the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (which runs Cockermouth Hospital) and the staff, to ensure the preservation of hospital beds in Isel Ward, and to obtain the maximum level of clinics and services at the hospital. The League has made written submissions, attended many meetings and co-operated with the other Leagues in North and West Cumbria to get the best outcome for patients and staff.

The Cockermouth Community Hospital League of Friends sincerely thanks those organisations and individuals who have supported us throughout the past months, and include: the Ladies Committee, the Civic Trust, Cockermouth Rotary Club, Catherine Bell, the Cockermouth Bridge Club, the Trout Hotel, the Mayor's Charity (Julie Laidlaw), Mrs Margaret Joannides, and the very many individuals who have donated directly or to our collection boxes in town and in other ways.
LoF: January 2017
Registered Charity No. 1166275

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