Making the difference for patients and carers

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends raises funds to support patients & staff at Bedford Hospital by providing equipment & improving facilities – all to ensure the continued excellence of the provision of care in Bedford
Brian's wife Sally Woodrow (centre) with their sons James and Nicholas admiring the drawing
Dedication means Brian Woodrow can continue to watch over his legacy

A dedication to Brian Woodrow OBE DL has been made by Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends (BHC&F), the charity Brian set up, at the Primrose Cancer Centre – a service he created.

Hanging a drawing, by his good friend Mandy Brookes, in his honour, so he can continue to oversee the legacy he built, Robert Oakley Deputy Chair of BHC&F said almost everyone in Bedford will have been positively impacted by Brian.

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“£1M for Bedford A&E” £1million appeal

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends has an exciting new Appeal that will significantly improve the facilities available within our Accident & Emergency department at Bedford Hospital.

In addition to the £3.1M NHS Covid 19 funding to upgrade A&E we have been invited to enhance this provision by creating a brand new much needed dedicated Paediatric A&E department and providing a dedicated state-of-the-art CT scanner to be situated in the A&E department for shared use by both emergency and general hospital patients.

Primrose Car Service drivers and the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Primrose Cars

The Primrose Cars Service provides free transport to take patients for radiotherapy treatment from their homes to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Every two to three years the Charity needs to raise funds to buy new, replacement cars in order to continue this valuable service for the people of Bedford


A brief history

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends exists to support patients and staff at Bedford Hospital by providing, improving and maintaining facilities and equipment (including both large and small items).

The Friends of Bedford Hospital were formed at the inception of the NHS in 1946 and have joined forces with the Bedford Hospitals Charity so that there is now a single charity with a common aim. The Bedford Hospitals Charity was formed in 1988 with the specific purpose of refurbishing the old Nurses Home and has continued with a series of major projects including the £2.35million Primrose Appeal for a purpose-built Oncology Unit. To date the combined charities have raised well over £11 million for the Hospital.


Here are a selection of some of the fundraising events that people have held on behalf of the Charity.
THE TWO CHARLIES! Fine Art, Ferraris, and Fun

On Friday 25th March 2022 we will be hosting a dinner event at Bedford Blues Rugby Club at which our speakers will be Charlie Ross and Charles Hanson who will entertain us with tales and reminiscences of their remarkable lives in the fascinating world of antiques.

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BHC&F Annual Charity Golf Day

This year we are very grateful to Bedford & County Golf Club for hosting our much anticipated Annual Charity Golf Day on Thursday 7th July at Green Lane, Clapham; raising money for our “£1m for Bedford A&E Appeal”.

The event will commence in the early afternoon with a shotgun start and followed by a post-golf celebratory dinner when many exciting prizes will be presented.

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2022 London Marathon

We are looking for runners who would like to support Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends by taking part in the next London Marathon on the 4th October 2022. We still have spaces.

For the last 20 years, BHC&F have been allocated three much cherished Golden Charity Bonds permitting 15 runners to represent the charity and raise much needed funds for the hospital, be that for the BHC&F main charity appeal or the Primrose Cancer Clinic.

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