Return of Hospital Fete Receives Great Support

This Sunday saw the return of the much-loved St Michael’s Hospital Fete and much to the delight of the local community, staff and volunteers the event is set to become an annual event after being hailed a great success.
The team at St Michael’s Hospital relaunched the fete as part of a fundraising initiative ‘The £70 Challenge’ organised by the Trust umbrella charity Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Charity. Given the task of raising profit from an initial investment of just £70 the team at the Hayle Hospital decided it was a great opportunity to restart the event which in year’s past was a real date in the local community diary.

Musical entertainment was provided by St Ives Concert Band, Saxophonist Mark Holley and Msical duo Scenic Route and talks on Hayle’s Heritage given by Trevor Smitheram President of Hayle Old Cornwall Society were enjoyed by many.

Shelley Jackson, Ward Sister at the Hospital, was part of the team organising the fete,

“It has been great to bring back the fete and to see it receive such great support from everyone in the local community. We were astonished at the kind donations to our raffle from local businesses and were delighted to see so many people turn out to enjoy the afternoon. It is really uplifting for our staff and volunteers to see such fantastic support.”

“On behalf of the team I would like to thank the entertainers – St Ives Concert Band, Saxophonist – Mark Holley and folk duo Scenic Route. Those that donated to the raffle, Isles of Scilly Travel, The Eden Project, Paradise Park, Frasers fish and chips in Penzance, Mr B’s Icecream, Trevor Smitheram from Hayle Old Cornwall Society and of course to all of the staff and volunteers, including those from the St Michael’s Hospital League of Friends for helping out in the planning and on the day. We are already making plans for next year!” Shelley added.

The total raised at the fete has been announced as £1444.09 which will be used to purchase outside equipment to aid the recovery or orthopaedic patients. The St Michaels Hospital League of friends will also be giving a donation towards the project.

The hospital fete follows the announcement of a major programme of investment at the hospital to expand it as a centre of excellence for planned orthopaedic care.

Sue Preston, Senior Project Manager at St Michael’s Hospital was on hand to talk to visitors about the planned developments for the future of the hospital. From the start of 2019, the Trust will increase the percentage of planned orthopaedic procedures at St Michael’s Hospital from the existing 69% to over 90% – more than 500 cases more per year by 2019.

Anyone that would like to express an interest in supporting next year’s fete is asked to contact the Fundraising Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Charity rcht.charity@nhs.net 01872 252858

Added on August 23, 2018, in News - RCHT Charity / St Michael’s Hospital