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Would you like to help raise funds for your local charity by holding event of your own? It’s a good excuse to a organise a social occasion and raise money for a local charity at the same time. How about organising a coffee morning, a book sale or talent shows. We have some lovely venues available to hire locally.

If you have a talent for baking or making how about a cake sale or craft fair? If you have green fingers would you like to shoe visitors your garden?

How about something bigger? You could set yourself a challenge. Couch to 5k run, a sponsored bike ride or even a marathon, a skydive. A golf tournament or a gala dinner. It’s easy to collect sponsorship if you start your own Just Giving page.

If you need help, please get in touch

We can provide advice, posters, collection tins and support. Please let us know if you are planning an event. We can help to publicise it and then send us the photos afterwards. We would love to share your events on our website and on social media.

Ear check

Axe Vale Show 2024

A busy weekend at the Axe Vale Show and the weather was kind to us. Lots of visitors had their ears and blood pressure checked. Thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and to Exeter Chiefs, Somerset County Cricket Club, Hawkchurch Spa, High Grange Devon and Safar restaurant who donated prizes.

Open Farm Sunday

What a wonderful day at Dennings Down Farm. Open Farm Sunday was a great success. The weather was kind and the tea and cake was very popular. The money we raised will go towards paying for a new Axminster Hospice at Home service.

Photo courtesy of Suzie McFadzean.

Exeter Male Voice Choir

Exeter Male Voice Choir

A returning visit to the Minster by Exeter Male Voice Choir proved to be very popular. Everything from Birdy to Elvis, Take That and Coldplay with a traditional male voice choir arrangement.

Annual Open Meeting May 2024

Our invited guest speaker was Ned Brown, General Manager Community Care Group, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He explained that Community Care was a priority for the Trust. There was an emphasis on how to support people in their own home and how technology could be used to achieve this. Ned talked about the priorities for community care and a Trust strategy for improving community based care. He stressed that Axminster Hospital is, and will continue to be an important part of this provision.

We were also able to share the news that The League of Friends had reached an agreement with the RDUH NHS Foundation Trust to begin an Axminster Hospice at Home Service. The service will employ dedicated palliative care nurses, supported by our Community Nursing Team to provide care to any patient registered with Axminster Medical Practice with 12 months or less to live.



Although the temperature was freezing outside, lots of people came to hear Saxminster perform at the Minster. Saxminster is a local Saxophone Choir of some 22 local saxophonists directed by Alison Davies. They use five different types of saxophone and are performed a variety of pieces including Rock Around the Clock, Ludwig's 5th, a Glenn Miller Medley and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. Musical arrangements by the accomplished arranger Jon Garvey.

Annual Open Meeting July 2023

It was standing room only in the Bradshaw Room of the Heritage Centre for our Annual Open Meeting. We enjoyed an interesting presentation from Dr Rachel Wachsmuth, Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and her colleague Claire Parkinson who provides a dermatology surgery list at Axminster Hospital.

We were also able to share news about our ‘Big Goal’. We are aiming to raise enough money to fund a palliative care and end of life nursing service for the people of Axminster and the surrounding area.

Exeter Male Voice Choir

Exeter Male Voice Choir

In July we held a concert by Exeter Male Voice Choir singing 'Songs from the Shows' at The Minster, Axminster. Ticket sales and a raffle raised over £300.
Socks Orchard 2023

Open Garden Socks Orchard

On the first weekend in July, Hilary and Michael Pritchard, kindly opened their beautiful garden, Socks Orchard, as part of the National Garden Scheme. Although the weather was a little challenging at times, visitors enjoyed the one acre garden with its specimen trees, over 200 roses, shrubs, dahlias, alpines and succulents. The tea and cake also proved very popular. Our thanks go to Hilary and Michael who kindly donated a little over £2000 to the League of Friends.

Axe Vale Show 2023

Axe Vale Show 2023

Thank you for all the support for Axminster Hospital League of Friends at the Axe Vale Show. It was lovely to talk to so many people who were interested in what is happening in the Hospital and to share our fundraising plans for a home hospice service for Axminster and the surrounding villages. The lucky winner of the Prize Draw was Rowan Short who is looking forward to his visit to Hawkchurch Resort and Spa.