The Friends of Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital were formed in 1949. It is a Registered Charity (No 223874). When the in-patient beds were closed in 2005, and the whole hospital was closed in 2012, the Friends of the Hospital then became The Friends of Emsworth.
The Friends have a local membership of just over 130, and is managed by its trustees. It supports organisations that provide services that benefit the health and wellbeing of people in Emsworth by providing funds, and by other means. In the last year we made grants of over £30,000 to 20 local health related organizations.
The Friends are involved in the discussions about the future of the Cottage Hospital site, and support proposals for a new surgery there, and to make community health services more available to the people of Emsworth.
The Friends of Emsworth Community Health also own and maintains the Hospital garden, and offers it for community use by local organisations for fundraising and social events.