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Friends of Braintree Community Hospital

Braintree Community Hospital

Registered Charity 1144843

The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital was founded and set up by volunteers in 2011; it's aims:

  • to raise funds to support the work of the hospital,
  • improving patient comfort and care,
  • and to provide a voice for the health needs of people in Braintree.

Since becoming a charity, it is surprising how many contributions from the Friends, have been donated to the hospital, enabling the purchase of ward equipment, garden supplies and toys for the outpatient waiting areas. The Friends have also made donations to a number of health related local Braintree charities.

The largest project funded by the Friends, was the purchase of an additional defibrillator for the ground floor of the hospital. This has proved to be an invaluable purchase.



(Voluntary position)

Promote the work of the Friends of Braintree Community Hospital 

Establishing a working relationship with local newspapers and radio stations (e.g. BBC Essex, Braintree and Witham Times, Essex Chronicle, East Anglian Daily Times)

Identifying other outlets for publicity including Primary Care newsletters, and Parish magazines

Preparing press release and circulating to press regarding Friends events in a timely way

Preparing publicity materials

Identifying appropriate person to design Friends’ flyers and other related materials as agreed from time to time

Managing the print process from design to proof reading, to printers and signing off proofs, as well as arranging delivery dates

Coordinating the distribution of publicity material

Working with other Officers

Maintaining contact with other Officers who may be organising and promoting specific events (e.g. Table Top sales, recruiting volunteers etc) 

Interested, if so please pass your details to Mrs Penny Pickman on 07901827112.

March 2018

The Friends of Braintree Community Hospital is a Registered Charity: No. 1144843

Becoming a Friend and Volunteer!

The aim of the Friends is to raise funds to operate our shop and purchase items for the wards / hospital, and to make everything more welcoming for patients and visitors to the hospital. We also support other health related charities.


The shop is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm, and Saturday morning 9.00am - 12.30pm. We sell newspapers, confectionary, toiletries, cards and second hand books.

Working on the Ward

We take a trolley to the Courtauld ward, Monday to Saturday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. A trolley is also taken to St Michael's Centre, Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 11.00am. We sell newspapers, confectionary, drinks and toiletries etc, and talk with the patients, helping them with any queries.

Patient Visits

Some volunteers visit patients on the wards between 9.00am and 5.00pm, chatting to them on an informal basis.

Meet and Greet

We welcome patients to the hospital, helping them sign in and assisting them with directions, finding the ward or department they are looking for.

Who to Contact?

For more information, please contact the Hospital Shop at Braintree Community Hospital on:

01376 555965

or e-mail our secretary

Sheila Pegram at