Patients at Oakwood Community Unit joined forces with their families, friends and colleagues to toast the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal at a tea party.
A host of delicious cakes, cookies and refreshments were on offer at the vintage themed tea party, with Bake Off worthy sweet treats donated by the Rotherham Lions Club and Rotherham Rise.
The event, which included a ‘name the teddy’ competition, a book sale and a raffle raised £217 for the charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.
Maggie Boldan, events coordinator at the Oakwood Community Unit, said: “We hold regular tea parties at Oakwood to help our patients and their families get to know each other better and to provide some home comforts. We also wanted to do our bit to support the Purple Butterfly Appeal and couldn’t think of a nicer way than to raise a cuppa and enjoy some cake together.
“It was such a brilliant atmosphere with cakes galore and colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust joining us too. We’re really proud to have raised so much money for the appeal because ensuring we get end of life care right for our patients, whether they’re cared for at the hospital or at Oakwood, is really important to us.
“Thank you to everyone who baked for us, including my amazing colleagues who contribute something delicious every month, and to the volunteers who helped – we couldn’t have done it without you.”
The money will help the charity fund a fourth Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital. The £75,000 purpose-built rooms offer privacy and dignity to patients nearing the end of their lives, and their families.
The money goes towards funding all the building works, a specialist bed, medical equipment, painting and furnishings and a waiting room with a television, fridge, microwave and a kettle.
Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, added: “I’m really pleased Oakwood’s tea party raised a smile amongst our patients. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. I’d like to thank our amazing volunteers who helped with everything from serving tea and cake to selling raffle tickets and helping to wash up afterwards.”
For more information about the charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/Fundraising/The_Purple_Butterfly_Appeal/
or to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/rhcgc/purplebutterflyappeal
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk