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Friends and colleagues celebrate Pam’s 30 years of public service

Pamela Bryant with Stephen Swords (chairman), Avril Vellacott (artist) & Toby Jessell (former MP)
Pamela Bryant with Stephen Swords (chairman), Avril Vellacott (artist) & Toby Jessell (former MP)

05 October 2017

Sixty friends and colleagues gathered last Saturday (30/9) to celebrate Pamela Bryant’s special contribution to Teddington Memorial Hospital and the local community. 

They included Vince Cable, MP, and Mayor of Richmond Lisa Blakemore, as well as executive and non-executive directors of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust, which runs the hospital.

Tributes were led by Park Road Surgery GP Dr Julian Bradley and former MP Toby Jessel, who unveiled a sculpture of Pam by local artist Avril Vellacott. 

Pam, who lives in Teddington, is chair of Teddington Memorial Hospital’s (TMH) League of Friends. For more than 30 years she has spearheaded campaigns to raise about £8 million for refurbishments, new buildings, or equipment.

Pamela Bryant and MP Vince Cable
Pamela Bryant with MP Vince Cable

She said: “In a time of constant change to our NHS, the role of TMH has a huge part to play in the future care of the 100,000 people who visit the hospital every year. The care and how it is delivered will undoubtedly change. But the hospital and its importance to this community will continue and the League of Friends will continue to be part of the way forward.”

Steve Swords, chair of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust, said: “Pam’s contribution over many years has been immense – from huge fundraising drives and leading on services delivered by the League of Friends, to heading the campaign to save the hospital in 1982/3.

“To put the campaign to save TMH in context, when Ken Clarke published his recent biography he said he had closed 100 hospitals at that time and the local battle should be seen in that light.

“Pam’s place in the local community is unique and her instincts as to what is important to the hospital are very helpful to the trust board and management team.”