The Grenada Voluntary Hospital Committee (GVHC) was formed by three Grenadian nurses in 1967. It is a registered charity and is one of the oldest Grenadian-focused voluntary groups in Britain.
Grenada’s serving High Commissioner to London has traditionally been its Patron.
· The relief of the sickness in the state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, supporting the charitable work of hospitals and other similar institutions, by financial and material contributions.
· The relief of the sickness in the Caribbean territories in such ways as the Executive Committee may from time to time decide and the rendering of relief to persons who are in circumstances of need, hardship and distress.
· To raise the awareness of health issues amongst the African/Caribbean community in Britain.
President: Samuel Sandy
Chairperson: Val Renwick Vice Chairperson: Claude Sylvester
Secretary: Bernard Renwick Assistant Secretary: Sybil McLean
Treasurer: Margaret St John Assistant Treasurer: Sandra Marshon
Membership Officer: Nessa Cornwall
Fundraising/Events Coordinator: Sonia DuBois
Fund Raising Officers:
Zita Alexander, Hermione Bell, Elise Clement, Gabriel Fraser, Margret Hall,
Francis John, Joyce Lumsden, Elizabeth Mullings, Tony Noel, Louisa Roberts
Trustees: Gabriel Fraser, Tony Noel and Bernard Renwick
The GVHC has supported the General Hospital in Grenada since 1967. It has also supported several nursing homes, community initiatives and individuals.
The GVHC is proud to have made a contribution to the welfare of the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and hope to continue doing so for many years to come.
In 2020 GVHC donated the following:
1) An Autoclave to the Richmond Hill Home for the Aged.
2) An industrial clothes dryer and a refridgerator to the Grand Anse Home for the Aged.
3) A cooker and washing machine to the Cadrona Home for the Aged.
4) Made a monetary donation to the Grenada Disaster Relief Fund for the purchase of essentioal equipment following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
5) The donation of food parcels (via the St Vincent De Paul Organisation) to the needy in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique following the COVID-19 Pandemic
In 2019 GVHC donated £300 to a project run by the St Georges Methodist School to encourage healty eating
In 2017 the GVHC togehter with the St John’s Education Trust donated £5000 to transport a mobile blood collection and processing unit to Grenada.
In 2016 GVHC donated £500 to the Harvey Parry Apeal Fund ( a charity that supports amputees)
In 2015 GVHC donated £5000 to the Ministry of Health towards the purchase of replacement microscopes for the General Hospital.
In 2014 GVHC donated £1000 to the Richmond Hill Home for the Elderly to purchase items to improve the comfort and dignity of it’s residents.
In 2012 GVHC financed the shipment of the Ministry of Health Grenada of 6 CompoGuards machines donated by the Blood for Life Foundation. CompoGuards machines are used to help hospitals manage blood transfusion more efficiently.
In 2011 assistance was given to Beaulieu RC School, Belair Children Home and Fr Halirion Cheshire Home for the Aged, Mt Rodney, St Patrick’s.
In 2010 further assistance was made to the St Martins Home for the Aged, in Crouchu, St Andrews.
In 2009 the GVHC made a donation towards the cost of rebuilding the parish church in Victoria, St Marks that was severely damaged during Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
In August 2008 the Male Medical ward was adopted. Prior to adopting the Male and Female Medical Wards the GVHC sponsored the children’s ward (Norton Ward) for over 30 years. The GVHC has also assisted the hospital in Carriacou.
In August 2008 GVHC donated medical supplies and equipment to the Femail Medical Ward of the Hospital. The handover ceremony was attended by Grenada’s Minister for Health. The ceremont was reported on the local TV news. The Minister for health received the equipment on behalf of the government and people of Grenada.
In 2007 the GVHC celebrated its 40th anniversary at a ceremony in central London and Grenada’s Minister of Health delivered the feature address. The Minister gave the GVHC an award on behalf of the government and people of Grenada.
In 2006 the GVHC sent a shipment of goods and medical supplies to the St Martin’s Home for the Aged in Crouchu, St Andrews.
In July 2005 the GVHC helped finance a project to re-equip schools in Grenada with computers that were lost as a result of hurricane Ivan.
In June 2004 the GVHC adopted the Female Medical Ward of the General Hospital and a plaque has been placed in the ward in recognition.
Over the years, for it’s efforts in helping the sick and persons in circumstances of need, hardship and distress in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, GVHC have received numerous awards.
- At the Diaspora Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Spice Basket on the 16th August 2012, The Governor General, Sir Carlyle Arnold Glean, GCMG presented an award to some of the founding and past members of GVHC for their generosity over the years
- 40th Anniversary Award from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell
- Hurricane Ivan Award from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell
- Pearl Award from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell