Friends of Worthing Hospitals

The Friends of Worthing Hospitals is a long established Registered Charity, formed in 1949 and working for the benefit of patients, relatives and staff in the Worthing Hospitals.  Our funding is mainly from donations and fund raising, supported by sales in our shop and cafe, our members’ subscriptions and bequests.

Please use the menu above to navigate to areas of interest to you. You might want to know about our Shop and Cafe, or how to make a donation, or what we do and use our money for.

Our Mission

To enhance the Care Experience in our Worthing Hospitals through staffed and volunteer run services, facility improvements and the supply of equipment for the benefit of all patients, their relatives and hospital staff.

We make many grants including the provision of gym and rehabilitation equipment at Meadowfield, an ultrasound training aid for A&E, examination couches in Outpatients, cardio ODM systems and digital reminiscence therapy packages. We also help out in less obvious ways such as providing a present for every patient on a Ward on Christmas Day.

Every £1 helps so if you can, please donate to this local charity.

Activities with The Friends

Our North Wing Cafe and Shop (and now Garden)

Head down to our Cafe and Shop in the North Wing and check out our range of drinks, food and goods. Everything you buy helps to support your local hospital charity.

The garden has now opened next to our Cafe in the North Wing Courtyard. Please buy your coffee or snack and head outside to enjoy it in fresh air. And we also have a card operated 24/7 drinks vending machine by the shop if the cafe is closed.

Patients, staff and visitors are all welcome. Check out the Friends Cafe tab on this website for more details.


The Garden is Open!

Official opening by Stephen Mardlin, the Worthing Site Director on Friday 22 March 2024. A big thank you to everyone who made this happen.

Welcome to the hospitals we support

We aim to supplement the comforts and well being of Patients, Relatives, Staff and Visitors in all the following locations:

–  Worthing Hospital

Forget Me Not Unit


Salvington Lodge

Selden Centre

Shepherd House

Worthing Hospital in June 2021 became part of the new University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. For more information on the trust and Worthing’s associated hospitals visit: website.

Within the new trust we work alongside other volunteer groups and charities including:

Friends of Chichester Hospitals:

The League of Friends of Southlands Hospital.

Meet Our Board and Trustees


Dr John Bull – President
Sir Peter Bottomley MP – Vice-President
Mr Tim Loughton MP – Vice President
Miss Jackie Buss – Hon. Secretary: Tel. 01903 266604
Mrs Sally Jackson – Hon. Treasurer: Tel. 01903 246175


Friends Cafe & Shop

Mr Terry Lawrence – Shop Manager


Mr Malcolm Roberts – Chairperson
Vacant – Vice-Chair
Mrs Barbara Aldiss
Mr Peter Bandy
Ms Jacqui Campbell
Mrs Liz Dolby
Mr Geoff Lockerbie
Mr Garry Phillips
Mrs Marva Stanbrook




Become a Supporter of the League of Friends

For just £10.00 a year you can enrol onto our  membership list, provide on-going financial support and play a vital part in this life-saving role within our local community.

Download our membership form here:

and this means:

– you will receive our newsletters and up-to-date information.

– you can attend our Annual General Meeting and have a say in how we can enhance our local hospital services

– and above all you will be making a valuable contribution in improving the health of your local community.

and for more information go to our Volunteer page and see how you can get involved.


And the result is teamwork which allows the Friends of Worthing Hospitals to provide resources outside the remit of the NHS


Dedicated Trustees

A well qualified and diverse group of individuals who are focused on providing benefits to all in the hospitals.


Friendly Voluntary Staff

Our volunteer staff used to operate the Ward based trolley service, interacting with patients and visiting friends and family. Due to medical restrictions this is currently on hold.



A wide range of people donate through fund raising events and legacies as well as provide intangible support to the charity.



The members are key supporters of the League of Friends and provide funds, input and suggestions.


Professional Cafe & Shop Team

Our cheerful team is based at the North Wing shop and is dedicated to providing a range of services to everyone in the hospital.



Open to all hospital staff, visitors and patients from Monday to Saturday and staffed by our dedicated staff.

Frequently asked questions

Amongst the Friends many activities, one is a particular pleasure, and that is the delivery of a Christmas present for every patient on a Ward on Christmas Day.

This is some of the team preparing the 2023 presents in the chapel

If you have any questions please get in touch, but here you will find answers to our most faqs.

Some of the thanks and donations we receive

“Thank you very much for the wonderful staff and volunteers at league of friends. Thanks to you my husband could get a much needed caffine fix when visiting me.”

Donation £20 plus £5 gift aid.

The Friends used cafe and shop sales together with donations to fund many improvements.

“I was only too happy to help and I sent a donation when I left hospital.  It is truly amazing how worthwhile this tiny organisation is. Thank you Friends.”

Please Get Involved – we would love your support