Peaches Restaurant at Andover Hospital hosted a social evening, to thank the volunteers who worked at the hospital, at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice, and at Willow Court next door.
Thanking the volunteers were Mary Edwards, Chief Executive of the merged hospital trust which will have responsibility for the hospital; Councillor Zilliah Brooks, Mayor of Test Valley, and the local MP Sir George Young/
Mary Edwards explained that the new foundation trust was determined to invest in Andover, and provide more facilities, such as the MRI scanner which had recently been introduced at the hospital. She said that she wanted to reduce the need of Andover residents to travel either to Basingstoke or Winchester.
The Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Zilliah Brooks, said she had many happy memories of her visit over Christmas, when she saw at first hand the work of the volunteers, and Sir George thanked the trolley dolly's, who deliver goods to the patients in the hospital and the residents at Willow Court for what they did, and for donating all their proceeds to the Friends of Andover Hospital; he thanked the gardeners, who raised more than £4,000 last year; those who worked in the Hospice shop, who have increased the number of volunteers to cover shifts; and all the other volunteers, particularly those who worked in the birthing centre. Abbi Leggett, a volunteer who wanted to progress to being a student midwife, presented the Mayor of Test Valley with a bouquet of flowers.