Mavis retires after 20 years chairing Exmouth Hospital League of Friends

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 June 2016

Mavis Prideaux (right) has retired as chairman of the Exmouth Hospital League of Friends after 20 years. Also pictured is secretary Rose Thatcher.

Mavis Prideaux (right) has retired as chairman of the Exmouth Hospital League of Friends after 20 years. Also pictured is secretary Rose Thatcher.

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The long-serving chairman of the Exmouth Hospital League of Friends has stood down after 20 years in the role.

Mavis Prideaux received an engraved vase and bouquet at the group’s recent annual meeting in recognition of her service.

David Bassett was elected as the new chairman.

Reflecting on her time as chairman, Mavis, who will remain the group’s membership secretary, said: “I’ve enjoyed it immensely and I’m very proud of what’s been achieved there, because we’re so lucky to have this hospital on our doorstep.

“I would like to thank all the people of Exmouth for their help, all the committee, and, in particular, my secretary, Rose Thatcher. She has been an absolute rock.”

Pat Beswick, Daphne Clarke, Joan Matthews, Brian Parker, John Murphy and Andrew Williams also retired from the committee at the meeting, and Mavis thanked them for their support over many years.

Geoff Bulger was elected treasurer, while Rose Thatcher was re-elected secretary. Also elected to the committee were Gerry Bassett, Denise Bulger, Bob Bryant, Ann Membery, Tony Siddall and David Smith.

The meeting was told that, in 2015, the group had agreed to requests for hospital funding totalling £62,504.

In the last 10 years, the group has pledged more than £1million for equipment and improvements to the hospital.

The group has also announced it has decided not to hold a fete this year, but will consider a possible return to the hospital site for a fete next year.

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