Festive fundraising at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Christmas Fair raised £812.55 to help fund resources and equipment which make the lives of patients, and their families, better.
The countdown to Christmas officially began at the annual event on Tuesday 5 December with a host of volunteers, fundraisers and colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Unison Rotherham joining forces to bake cakes, create hand-made crafts, sell festive cards, decorations, books, toys and gifts.
Rotherham United Football Club fans were also treated to a visit from their local sporting heroes Anthony Forde, Joe Newell and Richard O'Donnell who switched on the hospital’s festive lights alongside youngsters from Busy Bees Nursery.
Martin Havenhand, Chair of the Charity, said: “Christmas is a special time for many people but we know that it can also be a struggle for those who are staying in hospital or who are visiting their friends and family. We hoped our Charity Christmas Fair would bring a little sparkle to people’s lives and we were delighted that it did.
“We were really proud to welcome players from Rotherham United, who took time out of their busy training schedule to switch on our Christmas tree lights, and children from Busy Bees lifted our spirits with their beautiful carols.
“Thank you to all our volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, to everyone who donated cakes or gifts and to everyone who attended – we really appreciate it.”
Volunteers from the Trust have also been spreading the Christmas cheer by selling festive Charity cards and decorations to patients and visitors at Rotherham Hospital, raising more than £1,700 so far.
All the money raised at the event will help fund equipment and resources to benefit patients and their families cared for by the Trust, in the community and at Rotherham Hospital.
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk