History

History

This FSEG was inaugurated in 1988 through the amalgamation of “The Friends of the Elderly, Craig Hospital” and “The Friends of Chambrai“. These voluntary groups visited and helped the patients of the geriatric wards of Craig Hospital in Victoria and those of the Psychiatric hospital in Fort Chambray.

Since the name of Craig Hospital was changed to The Gozo General Hospital and the psychiatric hospital had moved from Fort Chamgrey to Xewkija and was due to be incorporated into the general hospital complex, the names of the groups became anachronistic. It was also realized that an additional voluntary group was desirable to cater for the needs of the sick in hospital that were neither elderly nor psychiatric. Thus “The Friends of Gozo Hospital” came into being.

This was the new society’s original name which, however, was short-lived because it was soon realized that sick and elderly persons in their own homes also needed assistance. In addition there was, at that time, a popular misconception about the role of volunteers helping a government institution. So, the name was changed to “The Friends of the Sick and the Elderly in Gozo” and the society’s mission was extended to embrace the larger community. Within a few years about 600 paid-up members were recruited, this number fluctuates but continues to grow has currently stabilized at about 700.

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