A GROUP that has raised more than £68,000 for a GP surgery in Chard has been wound up.

Committee members, along with two patients and practice GP Dr Paul Trenholm, attended a recent special general meeting when it was agreed to dissolve Friends of Springmead Surgery (FOSS).

Chairman Clive Board, who was unable to attend, thanked committee members past and present for their input and support for FOSS, which has helped equip the surgery since it was set up 30 years ago.

Mr Board pointed out that members had carried out their duties on behalf of the Springmead practice rather than for any self-satisfaction.

A total of £4,796 remaining in the bank account had been donated to the surgery to cover purchases already made, including a vaccine fridge, an outdoor seat for patients, and medical equipment.

FOSS secretary Rosemary Davis said: "Since the inception of FOSS in 1992, over £68,000 has been fundraised or donated for the surgery and almost 100 per cent used directly to purchase items for surgery and patient use.

"The many purchases include a wide variety of medical equipment for use in the surgery and at home, chairs for the waiting room and treatment rooms, the complete re-furnishing of a new treatment room, and the creation of a small rose garden in memory of the late Diana Saunders, who left a large legacy to FOSS and who tirelessly supported the committee for many years."

FOSS was established as a fundraising charity at a time when surgeries were unable to handle money donated by grateful patients.

The rules have since changed and donations may now be received directly at the surgery to be used for the benefit of patients.