Another nurse went down with Influenza

Influenza was having a big impact on life at home.

At a meeting of the Committee held in the Board Room on Tuesday the 1st July 1919, the following letter from the Hon Sec: of the Caversham District Nursing Association was read:-

Dear Sir,

Dr C W Powell has asked me to ask you to bring the enclosed appeal before the Reading Dispensary Trust at their meeting tomorrow, as they are, it is believed, in a position to help us substantially.

The appeal was written Dr Powell. He has backed it up himself by increasing his already very generous contributions to the funds.

It needs no words of mine to add to it except to say that after it was written another nurse went down with Influenza and she is also still suffering from the after effects. It increased our expenses and diminished our receipts.

I enclose a copy of our Balance Sheet showing our financial position on March 31st last.

Many thanks in anticipation,

Yours very truly,

A.E Evans

The appeal referred to in the foregoing letter was also read and proved to be an appeal which was issued as a New Years appeal, since when the Dispensary Trust had made (in February last) a grant of £25 to the Association.

Reading Dispensary Trust minutes (D/QRD1/12)

The greatly increased pressure of work on the nurses

Flu was having as much as an impact on heathcare at home as the departure of medical staff to help the wounded.

At a meeting of the Committee held in the Board Room on Tuesday the 3rd December 1918, the following letter from the Hon Sec: of the Caversham District Nursing Association was read:
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Our expenses have greatly increased – not so our income. We had hoped to increase our income by having Home patients, and last year did add to our funds in this way, but this year we had to give up owing to the greatly increased pressure of work on the nurses, owing in past to the shortage and preoccupation of the Doctors, and lately owing to the epidemic. One of our nurses has been most dangerously ill from Influenza caught in the exercise of her duties.

Please do your best for us.

Yours very truly,

A.E Evans

Reading Dispensary Trust minutes (D/QRD1/12)

“Again bereft of a son in this terrible war”

Reading dignitary Leonard Sutton’s second bereavement of the war was honoured by a charity on whose board he served.

2nd April 1918

At a meeting of the Committee held in the Board Room on Tuesday 2nd April 1918.

It was moved by the President, seconded by the Rev. R Wickham Legg, and resolved unanimously:-

“That the Committee of the Reading Dispensary Trust have just heard, with the deepest regret, that their President has again been bereft of a son in this terrible war; if they desire to express to Mr Leonard Sutton and his family their truest sympathy with them in the death of Lieut. Eustace Sutton R.E.”

Reading Dispensary Trust Minutes (D/QRD1/12)