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Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot newspaper, September 1918

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Belgravia War Hospital Supply Depot, (APPROVED BY THE WAR OFFICE)


CHAIRMAN'S REPORT, October 1st 1917-October 1st 1918

It is a pleasure to be able to report that during the past year there has been a steady growth in all Branches of our work. 4. GROSVENOR CRESCENT, Headquarters. Although the attendance continues about the same, the Workrooms, Needlework, Slipper, Linen, Bandage and Swab Rooms have all surpassed their previous annual output. The Warehouse, Packing and Shipping Departments have outgrown their quarters and moved to 26, Eaton Place, S.W. 1., where they occupy the whole house.

COUNTRY BRANCHES. These now number 52, and have completed a most satisfactory year's work, which is proved by their total output of 730,613 articles.

OUT-WORK DEPARTMENT. This Department deserves special mention for the exceedingly high grade of work and steady increase in its output.

3, LYALL STREET and Branches. The Evening Workers have increased amazingly during the year, and now number over 9,000--the Branches number 53, 43 London, 10 Country. The Workers are drawn from Government Offices, Banks, Insurance Offices, Companies, Schools, and most of the Leading Business Houses in London and Suburbs. The total output of Dressings, Garments and Comforts during the year is 766,716. This shows an increase of 619,939 over last year and a total of nearly one million items made by the Business Women since they started work.

3, TILNEY STREET. The Carpentry, Splint and Surgical Appliances Department is developing daily. Increasing attention is being paid to the fitting of special cases, and several new Splints have been designed which have proved of great value to the Surgeons. The Boot Department has reached a high standard of workmanship, and the Crutch Department has evolved several new kinds of Crutches to suit individual needs. A Department has recently started for the purpose of meeting the present urgent demand for Provisional Limbs.

FINANCE AND OUTPUT. The total receipts for the year in donations and Subscriptions amount to £18,731 3 0, including £4,805 16 7, the result of our Flag Day on May 9th. The total Payments for the year amount to £16,976 1 5 This Expenditure produces an output of 2,267,057 articles, valued at £48,924 12 1. We want to thank those War Relief Organisations in America which have sent us constant and generous gifts of supplies. The British American War Relief Fund, The British American War Relief Association, The War Relief Association of Virginia, The St. George's Society of New York, the Headquarters and many Branches of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the British Empire, The National Surgical Dressings Committee of America, and the Surgical Dressings Committee of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston. We wish specially to record our gratitude to H. C. Hambro, Esq, Major Oswald Magniac and Robert Hunter, Esq., for the loan of their houses, 4, Grosvenor Crescent, 3, Tilney Street and 26, Eaton Place. Also to Lord Lamington, Otto Beit, Esq., and Mrs. Bishopsheim for the use of the Garages in Wilton Crescent Mews and South Street, and to Lord Barnard for the use for storage purposes of rooms in his house at 20, Belgrave Square. Also to the American Red Cross, French Red Cross, and the many friends who have loaned Motors to help us in our work of distribution to the various Hospitals. We are happy to say there have been no changes in Committees or Heads of Departments--we have gained many new recruits, but those who started the work in 1915 are still carrying it on, and will, we hope, do so until the end of the War, It is to the individual perseverance and devotion of Workers and Staff alike that the success of the Depot is due. Audited Statements of Account will be published in due course.