Do you have what it takes to be a trustee?

The primary characteristics you will need are commitment to supporting the hospital, professional approach, good team player and willingness to get things done. Specific experience in charity fundraising, networking, managing projects and community event management will be a benefit.

As Trustees, we work closely with hospital managers and have an exciting ongoing programme of fundraising and activities.

At present, there are six Trustees on the Board of Lymington Hospital Friends – see our current Board of Trustees.

What we do

Lymington Hospital Friends is a registered charity founded in 1952 to support the work of the hospital for the benefit of patients, their families, and staff.

We work closely with hospital managers and staff to improve the care and wellbeing of hospital patients, above and beyond what the NHS can fund and provide.

Our charity is run by voluntary trustees, with a part-time operations manager, supported by a group of wonderful volunteers.

We currently have six Trustees and wish to broaden our membership with candidates who can bring fresh ideas and develop over time to provide succession planning for key Trustee roles in the future.

Find out more about our activities and the way we work at

What will you be doing?

The trustees support the hospital with a rolling programme of projects, ranging from funding modern ‘state of the art’ diagnostic equipment to improving a wide range of patient treatment, care and rehabilitation facilities. We have contributed over £1 million to Lymington Hospital projects in the last five years. This is an unpaid role.

As trustee, you will be expected to:

  • Attend monthly Trustee Board meetings and occasional ad-hoc meetings and events
  • Work with fellow trustees on current and future hospital projects to improve patient care and wellbeing
  • Engage with hospital managers and staff to develop, deliver, and review projects and the charity’s volunteering services
  • Actively contribute to fundraising activities and networking with community and business partners, acting as an ambassador for the charity
  • Ensure positive relations with the hospital, patients, our staff, and volunteers to deliver to the charity’s goals
  • Develop our community of friends to communicate the work of the charity and encourage fundraising and sponsorship

What are we looking for?

We are looking for new trustees to join our successful team to continue to grow this vital work for the benefit of the hospital’s patients and staff.

You will take a keen interest in the work of the charity and …

  • Be professional in approach
  • Enjoy working as a team to get things done
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and be prepared to speak your mind
  • Be prepared to devote time and energy to your role
  • Display good networking, people, and general life skills

Broad experience in in business, professional, healthcare, or financial areas would be welcome.

Previous work as a charity trustee or fundraiser would be beneficial but this is not essential. 

What difference will you make?

As part of our Board you will play a key role in shaping the future of our small but vital charity. We have established an excellent working relationship with the hospital, and you will have the opportunity to develop this further and support future growth in the services and care provided by Lymington Hospital to the local community.

How to apply

In the first instance, please send an email, with a brief CV to outlining:

  • your reasons for wishing to become a Trustee
  • your previous business and charity experience
  • your skills and connections

We will contact you to provide further information and answer any questions you may have.

If you wish to be considered as a Trustee, we will ask you complete an Application and Membership Form, together with a DBS Check.

On receipt of your application you will be invited to attend an interview.  Any appointment will be ratified by the Board of Trustees at the next Board meeting, when you would become a co-opted member of the charity. All appointments made during the year are formalised at the following AGM.