Roses, Books and So Much More
The Friends of Winchester Hospital is an auxiliary group that for more than 60 years has given time and financial support to help make a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families in our community.
Two of the group’s most unique projects are the Holiday Rose distribution and the Read to Me Program.
On Christmas Eve, the Friends hand-deliver a rose to every hospital patient. It is just one way we help brighten the season for people whose health prevents them from being at home.
Read To Me Program
The joy of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can share with a child. Since its inception in 1997, the Read To Me Program has given tens of thousands of storybooks to new parents to share with their newborns, as a way to emphasize the importance of reading to children.
How Are the Programs Funded?
The Friends of Winchester Hospital raise all funds to support these special projects through annual membership dues and donations. The group also sells handmade goods at its “Friendly Table,” part of the annual Winton Club Fair.
Each December, as part of the “Tree of Lights” fundraiser, community members donate to the Friends in honor or remembrance of loved ones.
Become a Friend
As a Friend, you enjoy a seasonal newsletter, volunteer badges and pins, various guest speakers at monthly auxiliary board meetings, and the annual dinner meeting in May.
While many Friends also are volunteers at the hospital, volunteering is NOT required to become a Friend.
You can become an official member by filling out the form in our brochure and paying an annual fee of $5. Click here to download the brochure.
We invite you to join the countless individuals who have supported Winchester Hospital over the years. Learn more about the many ways you can give and make a difference in the lives of our patients.
At Winchester Hospital, adult, junior and college student volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles, providing essential assistance to patients, employees and visitors.
At Winchester Hospital, we honor our nurses through the DAISY Award program, a nationally recognized award given to nurses for their professionalism and patient-centered care.