League of Friends - Charity No. 249466
Val Folger, a long serving member of the League of Friends, this year was awarded the Order of Mercy at a ceremony at the Mansion House in London. This is a rare honour, with no more than thirty of these medals being given out by The League of Mercy each year. They are awarded to volunteers from charities who help others and are awarded for those who work for a continuous period of seven or more years of outstanding service, and go the extra mile to help others.
On 4th July 2016 I was invited to the Mansion House in London to receive the Medal of Mercy for volunteering at the League of Friends of Southampton General Hospital for 22 years. The Medal of Mercy is annually awarded to about twenty-five people from over three thousand applicants Accompanied by my son Ian and Richard Greene, Chairman of the League of Friends, I attended the presentation, made by Lord Lingfield in the Banqueting Hall. Here we were entertained by the English Schools Orchestra before and during the presentation, after which we enjoyed afternoon tea, when I had the chance to talk to other volunteers about their work. I enjoyed my day very much, although we do not expect any reward for volunteering, this was a great honour. A day I will always remember.