Toddlers and teenagers singing festive carols at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Christmas Fair helped to raise £1074.52 for patients and their families – taking December’s fundraising total to £5,713.18.
Youngsters from Busy Bees Nursery and St Bernard’s Catholic High School sang yuletide tunes as volunteers, colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Unison Rotherham and crafters Pixie Drew and Dale Evers sold cakes, gifts and hand-made crafts.
Santa checked off his ‘naughty and nice’ list before switching on the Christmas tree lights alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor Alan and Sandra Buckley.
Cllr Buckley said: “It was an honour for us to switch on the lights and to hear the children sing carols so wonderfully. They should feel really proud. I’m sure it will be something we will look back on fondly after our year as Mayor and Mayoress comes to an end.”
December’s events also included porter Bob Lumby’s annual fancy dress collection around the hospital’s wards. He raised £475.74 dressed as the Grinch.
Colleagues wore their festive attire for Christmas Jumper Day and the Trust's new choir entertained patients and colleagues with carols and festive tunes. Stars from Rotherham United Football Club also raised some smiles amongst football fans when they visited wards to sign autographs and give out goodies.
All the money raised will help the Charity to fund equipment, resources and projects which benefit patients and their families cared for in the community and at Rotherham Hospital.
Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, added: “Fundraising this Christmas exceeded all our expectations.
“We appealed for help to ensure our Christmas Fair was successful and we were delighted to receive selection boxes, mince pies, toys and mini Christmas trees from donors at Rotherham College, the Rotherham Lions Club, Asda, Tesco, the Hallam FM Mission Christmas Appeal, Homebase and Brinsworth Manor Junior School to name but a few.”