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Right Arrow May Oxford bows out after 25 years as Chairman of League of Friends
01 May 2008 at 14:13
After 25 years as Chairman of the League of Hospital Friends, Ormskirk Hospital, May Oxford MBE has decided it is finally time to retire. She will continue to be a member of the League of Friends. Family, friends, fellow members of the League, and staff from the hospital recently gathered to honour her outstanding achievements and wish her well after.

When May joined the League of Friends 34 years ago things were, of course, very different at the hospital. She pushed the newspaper trolley around the huts at the hospital come rain or shine bringing a kind word and news of the outside world to hundreds of patients. She took over the Chairmanship of the League 25 years ago and has led the team of Friends members in raising a huge amount of money for the Hospital.

This has been used in countless ways over the years, but perhaps the biggest and longest lasting legacy will be the Hospital Chapel. When the new hospital was being planned it was her conviction that it should have a Chapel and it was down to her and her team’s hard work that raised nearly £100,000 to turn the vision into a reality. It was a tribute to May’s legendary powers of persuasion that when the Chapel was dedicated in 2001 there was not just a Bishop but also an Archbishop and a Free Church Moderator at the service of dedication.

Other large projects that the League of Friends have given money to during May’s Chairmanship include helping with the purchase of the first CT Scanner and a large donation towards a new ultrasound machine. Many smaller project have included both medical equipment, such as special hospital beds and imaging equipment, and improvements to the environment including pictures, computers and lounge furniture for the teenage room on the children’s ward. The Friends have also helped out Tiddlywinks crèche and Lancashire Care Trust facilities on the Ormskirk site including refurbishing wards and a minibus.

Tributes and presentations of gifts were made to May by Geoff Hammond, Chief Executive of Ormskirk & District General Hospital until 1999 and Andrew Johnson, Chairman of the Trust between 1999 and November 2006. In honouring May, Andrew Johnson said “You are a woman who has dedicated a significant proportion of your life to the well-being of others and who has by your vision inspired others to achieve the almost unachievable. On behalf of the thousands you have helped and the hundreds you have inspired – we thank you.”

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk