The Comforts Fund

The Montagu Cup has generated over £70,000 for the Montagu Hospital Comforts Fund over the last 70 years (The Comforts Fund was established in 1948, upon the setting up of the NHS).

This has enabled the Trustees of the Comforts Fund to provide items not available through the NHS for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors to the Montagu Hospital.
 

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Bernard Fletcher (Trustee & former Treasurer) standing in the corridor that the Comforts Fund provided for Montagu hospital.  Bernard is also a keen football supporter.

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The hospital was originally funded by donations from local industries , churches and various charitable organisations as well as wealthy local residents.   The trade unions especially the local coal mines were important funders in the 20th Century. A Ladies' Committee existed to organise extra funding.

This would have continued from 1890 until 1948 with the formation of the National Health Service. 

The Comforts Fund took over the work of the Ladies' Committee with the aim of providing relief in the form of amenities for the patients, staff and visitors.

The funding comes largely from the profits of the Tea Shop run by volunteers and from legacies left by individuals.  Donations from individuals and local chartitable organisations also help. 

The money raised is spent on improving the Montagu Hospital.  In the last decade an indoor corridor was funded, which linked the main building to the Rehabilitation Centre.  Previously, this short distance would have involved an outdoor route.

 

Other expenditure goes towards providing newspapers for patients.  At Christmas time, gifts for patients and decorations are provided. 

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For more information visit :  https://montaguhospitalcomfortsfund.org.uk/

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10 year spending reports.  1958 (left) & 2002 (right)

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Accounts book - 1927 to 2002

Donations received from the Montagu Cup Committee since 1948.

 

1948                100

1949                140

1950                  70

1951                100

1952                100

1953                120

1954                150

1955                120                                                                  900                  8 years

1956                100

1957                100

1958                120

1959                100

1960                100

1961                100

1962                100

1963                100

1964                  50

1965                  50                                                                  920                  10 years                      

1966                  75

1967                100

1968                200

1969                200

1970                100

1971                200

1972                100

1973                150

1974               

1975                                                                                        1125                10 years          

1976                300

1977                400

1978                500

1979                500

1980                300

1981                750

1982                1,000

1983                1,000

1984                750

1985                850                                                                  6350                10 years

1986                750

1987                1,000

1988                1,000

1989                900

1990                1,400

1991                1,000

1992                1,000

1993                1,200

1994                1,500

1995                1,000                                                               10750              10 years          

1996                1,200

1997                1,200

1998                1,200

1999                900

2000                2,000

2001                1,000

2002                1,300

2003                1,600

2004                1,100

2005                2,500                                                               12920              10 years

2006                1,500

2007                2,200

2008                1,500

2009*              1,500

2010               

2011                2,500

2012                1,500

2013                1,250

2014                1,250

2015                2,500                                                               15450              10 years

 

2016                1750   

2017                1750

2018                1750

2019                1750

2020                1750

2021                1000

2022                5000                                                                14750              7 yesrs

 

 Total donated                                   £63,165