Small Acts of Friendship is a campaign launched by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in October 2017 in partnership with the Elderly Care team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

Small Acts of Friendship is a campaign launched by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in October 2017 in partnership with the Elderly Care team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

It is a programme of personal services and activities, ranging from hairdressing to music and poetry groups, which help patients keep a sense of dignity, social activity and well-being in hospital. It has benefited over 3,000 patients and was identified as an example of outstanding practice in the CQC report. Please take a few moments to look at the video.

In 2020 Small Acts of Friendship is extending to provide support during bereavement. We are planning to fund Friends Rooms where patients can end their lives peacefully and Friendship bags to provide all the information relatives need.

We are also rolling Small Acts of Friendship out to Mill View Hospital, supporting physical fitness and hobbies to help mental health recovery.

With local support, we are working to raise £40,000 in the year ending 31st October 2020 specifically for Small Acts of Friendship.

To make your online donation to Small Acts of Friendship, please click on the following link to our Just Giving campaign page. For other ways to donate please click here to our Donate Page.

 

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.

Baroness Cumberlege
Delivery supplies during Covid

Delivering supplies during the Covid lockdown

Small Acts of Friendship has been a big part of a shift in culture for the better - away from doctors just being doctors and patients just being patients, towards us all flourishing together as human beings.
Art therapy

Art therapy on the Elderly Care wards

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

Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals

Working with the NHS across Brighton & Hove by raising money for equipment and services to support patient well-being.