City and Village Groups
Nine local groups, set up in 1953 to encourage wide participation of the local community, are a key part of the League's success, organising a huge variety of fundraising events such as coffee mornings, jumble sales, quiz nights, etc.
These local groups are to be found in Ash; Barham & Kingston; Nailbourne (Bridge); Canterbury South; Chartham; City Centre; Rough Common, Harbledown & Blean; St. Stephen's & St. Dunstan's and Sturry.
Each local group has its own Committee, with a Chairman and other officers, and manages its own accounts. Members of the groups form the backbone of the organisation - in addition to running their own local fundraising activities, they also make up most of the volunteers required to run the in-hospital services provided by the League.
The trustees are responsible for the management and administration of the League and the Committee comprises the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and other trustees each responsible for leading specific activities undertaken by the League. The trustees meet six times a year and are supported by a part-time administrator.
The Central Committee meeting
A key role of the Central Committee is to decide how the hospital gift requests should be funded. Applications from various hospital wards or departments are presented by relevant staff to the Central Committee meeting, five times a year, and individual local groups can pledge full or partial funding for specific gifts. All nominated members are entitled to vote at this meeting.