League remembers two very special friends

TWO benches have been presented to a north Northumberland hospital in memory of two very special ladies.

The League of Friends of the Alnwick Hospital presented two seats to the Alnwick Infirmary in memory of the late Mavis Curry and Mary Spruce.

Mavis was secretary of the League for many years and, on the death of her husband, was unanimously elected as chairman, a role which she undertook with dedication and much enthusiasm.

Over the years, she helped to raise thousands of pounds which has been used by the League to purchase much-needed equipment for the infirmary. She organised the coffee mornings, the Christmas carol concerts, the visit of Santa Claus on Christmas Day to the patients, looked after the shop and trolley service and did much more behind the scenes – in fact, she was the League of Friends.

Many years ago, Mary Spruce spent some time in Alnwick Hospital as a patient. She was looked after so well that she felt she wanted to give something back to the hospital, so she joined the League of Friends. She was a member for many years, helping out in the shop and at the annual coffee morning.

She organised bridge evenings to help raise money for the League and, over the years, they have raised more than £25,000. This was a tremendous effort from one person’s initiative, and they still continue to this day.

The League is grateful to the support that members of the Bridge Club gave to Mary and it is still continuing to support and raise money.

The committee felt that these two ladies have left a legacy behind them and deserved to be remembered.

At a ceremony last Wednesday afternoon at the hospital, the treasurer of the League, George Batey, presented the seats to the hospital’s modern matron Julie Button, who said they would be well-used by patients and visitors. She felt this was an appropriate way of remembering two very special ladies.

She thanked the League of Friends for the tireless work they do in raising funds for the benefit of the local community hospital.

The ceremony was attended by Alison McKenna, daughter of Mary Spruce, Anne Blades and Jennifer Blair, daughters of Mavis Curry, members of the League of Friends, the Bridge Club and hospital staff.