Small Acts of Friendship

The Friends are campaigning to raise money for the Elderly Care Team who run four wards in the Royal Sussex County Hospital to enable them to introduce a programme of activity designed to help inpatients retain their sense of dignity, individuality and general well-being.

For those patients at the end of life, Small Acts of Friendship will allow enhanced care, especially for people with little or no family support.
This will run for one year from October 2017, and hopefully continue into the future.
This initiative is being led by Dr Muna Al-Jawad, a Consultant in the Elderly Care Department, and Registrar Dr Bethany Edge.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School will be involved in measuring this initiative so there will be credible research which can be shared with other Elderly Care teams.

We are looking to raise £65,000 to support this programme during 2017 and 2018. Please give generously through our JustGiving campaign page.

Small Acts of Friendship works with Voluntary Services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital to provide befriending provision on the elderly care wards. This could include sitting with patients to provide company, reading to patients or listening with empathy as they share their experiences. There is no personal care involved in this role. You will have good interpersonal skills, a calm, friendly, compassionate nature and an interest in helping and supporting people. For more information please contact

Find out how you can get involved with Craft/DIY.


This programme will make an enormous difference to the way in which we look after elderly people during their hospital stay.

BSUH Consultant Dr Muna Al-Jawad

I am delighted to support the Small Acts of Friendship project , and to see NHS Clinicians and the Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals bringing together so many parts of the community to create an improved quality of life to elderly people when they are in hospital.
I am particularly pleased to see that there will be measurement of the results , so that learning can be shared and incorporated into enhancing treatment and care of the elderly.

Baroness Cumberlege

I am pleased to support this initiative. The elderly often find it particularly difficult when they are in hospital, and anything that makes their lives more normal, and allows them to retain their independence and dignity is to be welcomed.

Vice Admiral Sir Peter Woodhead KCB

This is a brilliant scheme and I am delighted to support it. Looking after older people is becoming an increasingly large part of the work of the hospitals in Brighton, and in the country generally. Initiatives like this will undoubtedly improve the care and treatment elderly patients receive, as well as providing some valuable learning that can be shared with anyone in this field.

Professor Jon Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases, Brighton & Sussex Medical School President, International Society for Infectious Diseases

I welcome Small Acts of Friendship as a new initiative to support elderly patients in our local hospitals. With opportunities for social activities, a little pampering and a focus on maintaining mobility we are sure people will benefit in many ways and be able to return more quickly to their community.
Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals are working closely with the elderly care teams at Royal Sussex County Hospital to get the Small Act project underway. You can help by making a donation via this website.

Sally Gunnell, OBE DL

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