The Friends of Berkshire Hospitals is a Berkshire charity which supports patients and staff at the RBH. We raise money for projects to improve the experience for those receiving treatment, visitors, medical staff, and others who work at the hospital.
Working closely with the RBH, but independent of it, the Friends make sure that donations are focused on making things easier for patients.
With help from staff and volunteers we also run two sites at the RBH:
We also offer a trolley round service providing such goods as toiletries, drinks, snacks and newspapers. We bring a friendly face and a chat to those who may be unable to visit our shops. These usually run from 9.30am Monday to Friday and 10am at weekends.
We believe in supporting small local businesses in the Coffee House and the Shop. That’s why we use local coffee supplier Kingdom Coffee, as well as other small businesses for cake and sandwich orders.
Local businesses also support us, with the likes of John Lewis donating knitwear annually to us, and Reading toy shops donating toys to us ready for our Christmas sales – all of which are gratefully accepted.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Friends Coffee House
Located at the Conservatory in Battle block, open Monday-Friday 7.30am-5pm, Weekends 10am-4pm. We sell:
a range of hot & cold drinks with prices competitive to any coffee shop on the high street
a range of tasty foods such as jacket potatoes and soup to sandwiches and paninis
wonderful, freshly baked cakes and snacks.
This General Convenience Store, located in Maternity Block, offers all that you need should you be visiting a patient, staying in, or just passing by.
We offer a range of snacks, meal deals, health bars along with newspapers, toys and baby clothes.
Open Monday to Friday 8.00am-5pm, Weekends 10am-4pm.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Our Volunteer Testimonial
“I became a volunteer because I had open heart surgery in 2014 and felt I wanted to give something back to the NHS.
I volunteer two days a week, but am always available if needed.
I find the most enjoyable aspect of volunteering is the opportunity to meet new people, as I am very much a people person.
During the COVID crisis, I mostly stayed at home and didn’t experience any problems. I wanted to return to the League because I missed the interaction with customers and colleagues and I am really pleased to be back!”