GRANT FUNDING FOR CENTENARY
Milestone marked with donation from Lottery fund
HAREFIELD Hospital has been given a £33,000 grant to fund various projects marking its 100-year history.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the money to the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity to support a social history project, which will culminate in an exhibition at the hospital this autumn.
The grant will also fund a range of arts projects throughout the year, including the conservation of an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) quilt made by patients and staff in 1915 – the year the hospital was opened to treat soldiers from the two Commonwealth countries who had been injured in the First World War.
The quilt will eventually go on permanent display at the hospital alongside a new textile piece, to be created by an artist working alongside current staff and patients.
Gill Raikes, chief executive of the hospitals charity, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in helping us celebrate such a momentous time in Harefield Hospital’s history. There is so much affection towards our hospital which will be captured and celebrated through activities funded through this project, so we are very grateful.”
The hospital, in Hill End Road, now specialises in heart and lung operations and is one of the world’s largest transplant centres.
Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital in Hill End Road, said: “The centenary is a valuable opportunity to celebrate the ground-breaking clinical and scientific achievements that have taken place at Harefield Hospital since 1915.
“We are delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity. The grant will help to capture some of Harefield’s rich history for posterity in a project which we hope will involve as many patients, staff and local people as possible.”
The charity wants to hear from former patients, staff members and supporters willing to share their memories of the hospital. Organisers are also seeking 20 volunteers to help conduct interviews for an oral history project.
Their video and audio clips, as well as photographs, will form part of the exhibition.
Sue Bowers, head of HLF London, said: This project will tell the stories of the staff and patients who’ve passed through its doors and record the hospital’s rich heritage.”
For more information or to get involved, visitwww.rbhcharity.org/centenary.
n HISTORIC: Harefield Hospital is 100 years old this year; (right) inside the hospital in 1918