Montagu Hospital Comforts Fund

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Montagu Cottage Hospital 1889

10 Years of Achievement, 1948 – 1958

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10 Years of Achievement, 1995 – 2005

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10 Years of Achievement – 1948-1958 10 Years of Achievement – 1995-2005

Copy of the Annual Accounts for the year ended 31st March 1959

The Montagu Hospital Ladies Committee in the 1940’s

The Montagu Hospital tea shop volunteers taken in the 1970’s & 1980’s

Article from South Yorkshire Times Friday 27 July 1990


Fund’s chief steps down

Anne Story reports


The end of an era which spans 42 years was announced this week with the resignation of Mr Eric D Turner as President of Mexborough and Wath Hospital Comforts Fund.

Mr Turner, aged 86, has been president since 1958, carrying on the excellent work undertaken by his father Mr W.P. Turner, who was the first president, when the Comforts Fund was inaugurated in 1948.

Both men were managing directors of the then family owned, South Yorkshire Times. At the AGM they were praised for their continued support.

They took every opportunity to further the work of the Comforts Fund and their influence was used on every possible occasion in fund-raising and in publicising the fund.

Mr Eric Turner always used his many influential contacts to obtain recognition and support for the many voluntary services within the Montagu Hospital. Former Montagu Hospital secretary, Mr Stanley Wildgoose was elected president; Mr Wildgoose.who came as secretary in 1949, said he would undertake to carry on the high standards of his predecessors.

Mr Tom Stone was re-elected chairman, Mr George Styling vice-chairman Mrs Mary Boothroyd secretary and Mr Denis Townsend treasurer,

The fund distributed £8,580 last year including at Montagu Hospital £979 on Christmas expenses,£1300 on television hire, £3346 on refurbishing accident and emergency department, £693 on refurbishing visitor’s quiet room and £257 for the purchase of three pain relief instruments. At Wathwood Hospital they spent £324 on Christmas expenses and £164 on electric razors.

Thanks were expressed to all the voluntary workers in the much appreciated tea bar, which is to receive a £1350 facelift this year.

A donation of £2,500 is to be given to the Dr Richard Leigh Gastroscope Appeal.

Article from the South Yorkshire Times 21st July 1990

A cheque for £15,404 was presented to Mexborough Montagu Hospital on Tuesday by Mexborough Montagu Hospital Comforts Fund. The money was presented to the Adwick and Barnburgh Wards for pillows and duvets (£2,352) and the Medical Wards and Wentworth Unit for two bladder scanners.

From left to right are,back row; Bernard Fletcher,treaasurer of the comforts fund;Marion Sanderson,committee member and tea shop co-ordinator; Derrick Jones,chairman;front row Dr David Cooper,consutant

physician; Mary Boothroyd, comforts fund secretary and Dr Richard Leigh consultant physician.