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22nd Jun, 2021

League of Friends appeal for help running the Alex's coffee shop

Harry Leach 13th Nov, 2019

THE League of Friends at the Alex is appealing for people to join them and help make a difference at the Woodrow Drive hospital.

The big hearted team are major fund-raisers for exclusively the hospital and crucially, also run the busy and friendly coffee shop there.

No scientific studies have been carried out into the healing properties of a cup of tea but the patients, staff, family and friends who throng there are testament to its popularity.

However due to a lack of volunteers the coffee shop often has to close at 4pm on weekdays and Saturdays and doesn’t open at all on a Sunday.

Over the years the Friends have raised millions of pounds for the Alex bringing in more than £150,000 last year alone.

It’s main source of funding is the coffee shop and any new recruits joining the team will know that not only are they helping patients and visitors to the hospital, but also helping to raise money for it too.

“With an age range of 18 to 80-plus, our volunteers willingly give their time to help us achieve our aims,” said Pat Hadley, chair of the League of Friends.

“We owe a big ‘thank you’ to our volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the years and make us the success we are.”

Volunteering is not only a way of putting something back into the community, but is also an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and expand your horizons. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in knowing more, call 01527 512009.

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