The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity hosted a celebratory tea party for a special group of friends who have dedicated 10 years to fundraising for the charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.
The Purple Butterfly Special Events Committee hosted afternoon tea parties, fashion shows, lunch clubs, a summer ball, raffles, jazz evenings and much more to raise £37,520.
Kath Copp, of Moorgate in Rotherham, chaired the group. She said: “It’s actually 30 years since I started fundraising for equipment and resources which benefit patients at Rotherham Hospital, such as a gamma scanner, the Earl of Scarbrough Suite and for Macmillan so when the Purple Butterfly Appeal was introduced I naturally got involved in that too.
“We were all inspired to do our bit because we felt that providing the purpose-built Purple Butterfly suites where patients can pass away in privacy and with dignity, surrounded by their loved ones was a wonderful thing to do.
“It’s been a rewarding and fun 10 years fundraising for the appeal and our friendship and camaraderie has been a legacy of our time together too.
“We’ve appreciated all the support we received from everyone in Rotherham, especially the Countess and the free reign she gave us of her beautiful home at Sandbeck Park in Maltby where many of our events were held.”
Kath attended the tea party alongside committee members June Bentley, Eileen Caple, Cynthia Henry, Beryl Marvill, Dorothy Thickett and the Countess of Scarborough. Unfortunately committee members the Earl of Scarbrough, Pat and David Bambury and John Evans were unable to attend.
A special mention was given to members who have sadly passed away - treasurer Sue Evans, Roy Caple, Carol Sorby and Kath’s husband Chris Copp.
Barry Mellor and Gabby Atmarow from the Charitable Funds Committee also attended alongside Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, who thanked the group for their dedicated fundraising.
Martin Havenhand said: “We invited members of the Purple Butterfly Special Events Committee to formally thank them for their incredible fundraising on behalf of the Trust and the Purple Butterfly campaign in particular. We at the Trust are extremely proud and thankful of their efforts over many years.
“They are a remarkable group of people who should be very proud of their achievements which benefit the Rotherham community for many years to come.”
The Purple Butterfly Appeal raises money to fund Purple Butterfly rooms and to support end of life care at Rotherham Hospital. The purpose-built rooms offer privacy and dignity to patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families. The money goes towards funding the building works, specialist equipment and facilities for loved ones to stay plus a television, fridge, microwave and a kettle.
Rotherham Hospital currently has three Purple Butterfly rooms, located on Ward A2, Fitzwilliam Ward and the Labour Ward.
(Front Row) Cynthia Henry, Kath Copp, Dorothy Thickett, June Bentley
(Second Row) Volunteer Carole Nicholls, volunteer Elaine Standen, the Countess of Scarborough, Eileen Caple, Beryl Marvill, Charitable Funds Committee member Gabby Atmarow (butterfly scarfe)
(Back Row) Martin Havenhand, Chairman of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Volunteers Joyce Dugdale, Sue Conway and Ann Wilkinson with Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee.