External volunteer organisations

QMC League of Friends

Registered Charity No. 509965

The League of Friends of Queen's Medical Centre has been in existence since 1978. We aim to increase our membership and the amount of support (both financial and otherwise) that we give to our local hospital. We always welcome new people to join us and help us to achieve these aims.

Although the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital are run by one trust (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust), the League of Friends of QMC remains separate from the City Hospital League of Friends and operates as an independent charity for the benefit of the QMC. There is, however, a close mutually supportive relationship between the Leagues.


Who are the League of Friends?  

We are a group of people who want to give something back to the community and have chosen to do so by volunteering to support the hospital. Our fund raising has enabled a wide variety of both medical and non-medical equipment to be provided, all of which has improved the welfare of patients and staff throughout the hospital. Members are encouraged to help with fund raising activities and to join our social events or just to support our charity.


How are funds raised?

Fund raising can be split into four main categories:

  • our charity shop in Wolds Drive, Keyworth
  • commission on sales of paintings in the Peggy Greenfield Art Gallery
  • various fund raising events such as coffee mornings, craft fairs and charity lunches
  • donations and legacies

For more infomation and updates visit us on Facebook. 

The League has complete control over how  funding is used. Any manager in the hospital can submit a bid which is then considered and prioritised by the League committee. The main criterion is that the money should be used to fund equipment which will have the most impact on improving patients' treatment and stay in hospital and will enable staff to treat patients more effectively.


How is the League of Friends of QMC organised?

  • Trustees are elected for a three-year term. They are legally responsible for the proper running of the League as a charity.
  • The general committee consists of  members who have an active interest and involvement in the League. They help to raise funds and how they are spent.
  • A fund raising committee plans and runs events.
  • A committee evaluates bids from the hospital.

The trustees and the general committee meet regularly and there is an Annual General Committee to review activities and approve the accounts and report and elect Trustees.

Read the Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16 LINK MISSING


How can I help?

There are many ways to help. You could help with our fund raising activities, in the charity shop or with publicity about the League or get involved in other ways.  Even if you do not want to become involved directly or personally as a member, you could make a donation or assist in other ways.

Via our Just Giving page

Or download our leaflet to read more about us and make a donation:

We are particularly interested in volunteers to help us in our Gallery on D. Floor, at our shop in Keyworth, and in specialised areas such as online communications, fundraising, corporate sponsorship and as Trustees. The League is run solely by volunteers and without them we wouldn’t be able to function. So any help and support is very welcome.


League of Friends art gallery

It is now over 25 years since the Peggy Greenfield Gallery was opened. It is managed by Esther Ashkenazi and her dedicated team of volunteers.

The gallery exhibits paintings, photographs or embroidery by local artists with new work exhibited every two weeks. It also holds a daily craft stall where artists and vendors donate 20% of the selling price to the League of Friends.

The gallery is in the West Block on D Floor of QMC and is open 24 hours a day all year round. It provides a focal point for informal relaxation and enjoyment for QMC staff, patients and visitors and in the process it benefits the League of Friends. Since its inception, the Peggy Greenfield Gallery has raised more than £100,000 for the League of Friends. This could not have happened without the selfless commitment of several volunteers, most notably Margaret Spencer, Marion Duckering, Rita Kerstein and Olive Smith. But we now urgently need to have new volunteers join the team and help us out.

For further information please contact Esther Ashkenazi at esther.ashkenazi@virginmedia.com.


League of Friends Charity Shop

The League of Friends Charity Shop opened in February 2007 and is on Wolds Drive,  Keyworth, Nottingham. The shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4.30pm, on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm and on Saturday morning from 9.30am to 1pm.

All donations of clothes, jewellery, toys, bric-a-brac, books etc are welcome. The shop raises more than £35,000 a year for the benefit of QMC and is run totally by volunteers. 

Tel:  0115 937 5295


How can I become a member?

Download the application form and return to our membership secretary:


How to apply for funds

To apply for funds from the League of Friends at the QMC please complete the below funding application form and email this completed to: janet.west4057@ntlworld.com


Mrs. Barbara Jarratt

Thatched Cottage

Church Lane


Nottingham NG9 6AS

Tel: 0115 925 9486

City League of Friends

The League of Friends of the City Hospital remains separate from the QMC, operating as an independent charity for the benefit of the City Hospital. 

The League is run by volunteers – all of the money raised and donated is used entirely for the benefit of the City Hospital.


Through fundraising in 2017 the City Hospital Leage of Friends supported: 

  • sponsorship of Nurse and Midwife of the Year awards 2017
  • sponsorship of 2017 Staff Long Service awards
  • sponsorship of 2017 Volunteer Long Service awards
  • registration fees and travel costs for 2 Diabetes specialist nurses to attend a conference
  • furniture and fittings for the patients room in the Trent Cardiac Centre
  • equipment for upper limb amputees in the Mobility Centre


Click here to visit the City Hospital League of Friends website.

Other external organisations

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

Volunteers run several busy cafés in our hospitals, and take refreshment trolleys to wards and outpatient departments.

Tel: 0115 962 7773


Nottingham Hospitals' Radio (NHR)

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of running this busy radio station which broadcasts each weekday evening and all day on weekends and public holidays. Typical tasks include visiting wards to collect requests, fundraising, organising programmes, collecting information and, for a very few of the volunteers, broadcasting on air.

Tel: 0115 924 9924 Ext: 69080


Tel: 0115 970 4555 after 6pm or at weekends.


QMC Ophthalmology League of Friends

Fundraising activities specifically for the Ophthalmic Department.

Tel: 0115 924 9924 Ext: 64247


QMC Red Cross - Home from hospital

Trained volunteers offer support to vulnerable people in their homes following discharge from the QMC medical wards.

Tel: 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62495 or 61716


QMC My Sight Nottinghamshire (formerly NRSB)

Support to patients attending the Eye Clinic, such as information on community care, welfare and benefits advice.

Tel: 0115 970 6806

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