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70 years of real friendship from Morriston Hospital League of Friends

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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WHEN you're in need a little helping hand, they're exactly the type of friends you want.

And this year, the Morriston Hospital League of Friends is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

During that time the group of volunteers has raised more than £2 million to help staff and patients at the busy hospital, to buy vital equipment for various departments.

Patricia Hughes, secretary of the League of Friends, said: "It was one of the first leagues to be founded in the country."

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Formed in 1943, the group was originally known as the Entertainment Committee.

In the early days its aim was to provide entertainment, usually in the form of film shows, for patients who were originally injured troops.

The volunteers also assisted the medical staff in other ways, such as acting as stretcher bearers and porters.

In 1948 it changed its name, and became known as what it is today, and raising funds to benefit the hospital and its patients has been its paramount importance.

It has been behind the organisation of popular fund-raisers such the annual charity golf tournament, held at Morriston Golf Club, and also organises the Christmas carol service, and the regular Sunday hospital chapel services, which see the League help to transport patients from the wards to the hospital chapel.

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