The League of Friends of Grantham Hospital celebrated 45 years of providing the hospital with what they call "the icing on the cake" to the hospital's services.
Volunteers gathered at Belton Park Golf Club for the party to mark the milestone with a cake covered in candles.
The hospital benefit from the league in several ways. Most visibly, there are the car drives who provide transport for patients who cannot drive from their homes to attend appointments at the hospital. The charity shop, while bringing in some income, provides a range of goods that patients and visitors find that they might need, from extra pyjamas, to books. The league also operate Radio Witham, which broadcasts to patients, providing them with a personalised radio service to entertain and inform them during their stay.
However, what many people don't realise, is that the league make annual donations to the departments of the hospital, to purchase particular items of equipment that they need, from document trolleys and chairs, through to kitchen equipment to allow patients to receive occupational therapy.
This time, it was the hospital that was giving something to the Leaugue of Friends, as Jo McCall from ward 1 presented a cheque to chairman Simon Needham.
Volunteers from the league's charity shop, car drivers, and of course Radio Witham were present at the party, along with guests Martin and Dawn Roberts from Little Jacks Farm, Clive Watson representing Grantham Free Masons, Alan Addis of Belton Park Golf Club, Rachel Ryder from the hospital's EAU, and Vicky Rawlinson from the hospital's administration team.