Friends of Blandford Community Hospital

Past Events

2019 was another busy year for the Friends Fundraising Team with 8 events throughout the year

Our bingos have grown so popular that we needed to move to a bigger venue for the Christmas Bingo.  We were welcomed by the Blandford Royal British Legion Club and the evening was so well supported that we have decided to hold all our 2020 Bingos at the club instead of the hospital.

We had great fun at our Golf Day at Ashley Wood in June and the group of volunteer organisers were pleased to hear that a profit of £2425 was made thanks to the generosity of the 22 teams on the day.  The sun shone on our stall at the Sturminster Newton Cheese Fair and we really enjoyed our part at that amazing local event with a stall showcasing some of our shop stock.  The Sturminster Shop ladies were kept busy all weekend at both the stall and the festival and we raised £749.

The most popular and profitable event of the year was again our Annual Autumn Fair which was enjoyed by 1128 visitors with an astonishing 114 in the queue waiting for us to open at 9.30am.  Our amazing volunteers pulled out all the stops to stage this event and welcome all those people throughout the day which resulted in a net profit of £8047.


Each year we have held around 4 or 5 bingos at the hospital and on each occasion had virtually a “full house”. So for 2020, we are holding our Bingo evenings in the Blandford Royal British Legion Club. We thank them very much for letting us use their facilities. Our prizes are great and we provide a very friendly welcome to players, regular and new. At Christmas we were very pleased to offer all of our guests a complimentary mulled wine or juice and mince pie to boost the Christmas Spirit before getting down to the numbers and sending home a lot of happy folk laden with hampers and other goodies.

In 2018 and 2019 the Bingos have been very successful and we are now looking forward to the next Bingo on 29th April 2020 at the Blandford Royal British Legion Club.  See details under current events. Do join us!

Golf Day

The Friends 5th Annual Charity Golf Day at Ashley Wood Golf Club was on Friday 14th June.  Although the rain had been torrential throughout the week, a few light showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of the very generous golfers and the sun finally came out on the 18 teams.  In excess of £2350 was raised to support the Charity’s projects at the Hospital and throughout the local community.  The Charity would like to thank the club for allowing them full use of their fantastic facilities, all of the local businesses that offered sponsorship and prizes, the volunteers who helped organise and run the event and of course the golfers themselves  who were so generous whilst enjoying their day.

The overall winning team this year represented Blandford Taxis and was made up of (Left to right) Jacob Jeal, Brian Dunn, Tommy Duffey and reclining with his Pimms, Charlie Sutton

The winning Ladies team was (left to right) Robine Pope, Val Scott, Vicky Kardas and Sue Gibson, and finally the overall best mixed team was (left to right) Mike Jones, Janet Jones, gill Parsons-Fox and Jim Bird

All of these photos were taken at the 18th Hole whilst enjoying a drink with our volunteers.

Next year’s event will again be held at Ashley Wood on Friday 19th June 2020 and team slots can be reserved now. Click here for the 2020 Golf Flier and Entry form.

Autumn Fair

2018 was a record breaker of a year for an event that has grown and grown in popularity locally.  The event (including the associated Grand Raffle) generated income of £10,027, resulting in a net profit in the region of £9200.

The 2019 event was busier than ever but with different items on sale and less of the high value goods.  We didn’t quite reach the figures of 2018 but were astonished to record 1128 visitors throughout the day supporting our local charity.  The event raised a net profit of £8047.

More importantly, the Autumn Fair takes our charity in to its home town.  Council Members and volunteers received countless compliments on the Fair itself but also, and most importantly, on the work of the charity both in supporting our wonderful community hospital but also the services we are able to provide locally.

To quote one visitor, “Your Fair is the best event in the Corn Exchange all year and we look forward to it every year”!

Many a visitor had to make a return trip to the car or the cashpoint with their bargains and advance Christmas Shopping!

This event is a prime example of teamwork and how important it is amongst the Friends of Blandford Hospital Volunteers.  Over 60 volunteers are involved over 2 days to stage the event and many of those put in countless hours throughout the preceding months gathering and pricing goods. Without that teamwork the event simply wouldn’t happen.  Without a wonderful team, all working so hard and happily together for the cause the charity would simply not be the same.

This year we do it all again on 17th October 2020. We hope to see you there!

Cheese Festival

Record footfall at the 2019 Cheese Festival in Sturminster Newton meant a very busy weekend at our stall and at our shop in the town.  The stall raised £749 and our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.  We look forward to being there again in 2020.

Fashion Show

The Friends of Blandford Hospital held their “New to You” Fashion show in The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Friday 16th March 2018.  The event, organised by a team of volunteers led by Linda Prior, was very well supported and proved to be a most entertaining evening.  Previous volunteer models were joined by some very entertaining debutants to the cat walk to show a wide selection of clothing.  Everything on display had been donated to the Charity’s very successful shops in Barnack Walk, Blandford and Innes Court, Sturminster Newton. The Clothing and accessories, and much more, was on sale after the show and also on the Saturday morning.

Not only was the event a great opportunity to showcase just what the hospital charity shops have on offer every day, it was a very profitable weekend for the charity raising in the region of £1750.  As with all of the Friends of Blandford Hospital events, it would not be possible without the support of a great number of volunteers working as a team and the Charity would like to thank everybody that was involved in so many ways.

We look forward to staging our last ever, and hopefully our best yet, Fashion Show at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Friday 13th March 2020.

Affordable Art 2019. A display of incredible talent....

The recent Affordable Art Exhibition at our  Blandford Charity shop in Barnack Walk, raised an incredible £2302.  This year’s exhibition was the third organised in aid of the Hospital by the incredibly talented local artist and regular shop volunteer, Joan Capron. Since her first exhibition for “the Friends” she has raised a grand total of £4585. However, prior to this, Joan had done similar Exhibitions for Julia’s House.  All of her Exhibitions have been on the basis of 100% donation.  There are no costs to the charity at all, so every penny will be put to very good use.

£2302 is an astonishing figure to raise in just a week when prices were from 30p to a maximum of £30.  Joan sold 73 paintings, 40 prints and 261 greetings cards throughout the week and was adding new work every day, to keep up with demand, on top of spending most of the week in the shop to talk to the customers about the different styles and techniques, the pictures, and the inspiration behind them.

The Friends of Blandford Hospital are extremely grateful to Joan for everything she did to make the exhibition such a success.  Her talent in so many different styles has brought pleasure to locals and tourists alike and many a wall now hosts a “Caproni”!

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