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League of Friends' Watford General Hospital tea bar service to end
Two tea bars run at Watford General Hospital by the League of Friends are to close on Friday, September 27, after half a century serving patients, relatives and staff alike.
Vice-chairman of the League of Friends, Mavis Tyrwhitt, said: "We are disappointed that it has been necessary to make the decision to close the tea bars at Watford Hospital.
"Unfortunately, our chairman is retiring due to ill health and the number of volunteers has dwindled over the years which has resulted in the League of Friends being unable to continue to provide the service.
"I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers and staff for their hard work over the years and also to my colleagues on the Committee."
Mavis, a Freeman of the Borough of Watford along with her husband Norman, said despite the closure she would continue to run the bric-a-brac stall in the main outpatient department at the hospital on a regular basis.
Chief Executive of the Trust, which runs the hospital, Samantha Jones, said: "We are very sorry to hear that the League of Friends will no longer be running the tea bars on the Watford Hospital site.
"Over the past 50 years, they have provided a wonderful service to our patients, visitors and staff.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers for their unstinting dedication over the years, with many existing members of the committee and volunteers having worked for the charity for more than years. "The support of the League of Friends has been invaluable.
"I am pleased to report that the other catering services on the Watford Hospital site will continue to run as usual, including the main hospital restaurant and shop."
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