Fundraisers toasted two charities close to their hearts at a Vintage Tea Party at the Olive Lounge in Rotherham.
The purple-themed event was organised by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) Stroke Team to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal and to coincide with the Stroke Association’s national campaign ‘Make May Purple for Stroke
More than 40 people tucked into cream cakes, sandwiches and tea at the event, raising £432 for both charities. Raffle prizes, including orchids from Rotherham Hospital’s florist Floral Design, beauty products, cupcakes from Melissa Wild and Bannatyne’s gym vouchers, tempted party goers to boost the amount raised.
The money raised for Purple Butterfly Appeal will help fund a third Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital, which provide privacy, dignity and space for patients nearing the end of their life, as well as their families.
Joanne Clough, Stroke Specialist Nurse at TRFT, organised the event alongside Ward Manager Mariano Ponte. She said: “We are really passionate about raising money for the Purple Butterfly Appeal and the Stroke Association because they are causes we really believe in.
“Families tell us that being able to spend time with their loved ones in the privacy and comfort of the Purple Butterfly rooms really means a lot to them, so we are proud to be able to do our part to raise the £75,000 needed to build a third room. Make May Purple is also a rewarding time for our team because it gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of stroke and showcase the work of our team.
“It was brilliant to see so many people support our Vintage Tea Party and it was a lovely atmosphere at the Olive Lounge, who helped us raise even more money for charity by hosting our party for free. We’d like to thank everyone for their donations.”
The Stroke Therapy Team are also organising a Sip for Stroke coffee morning at Park Rehabilitation Centre, Rotherham, in 25 May, from 10am to 2pm to mark ‘Make May Purple.’
Louise Knight, Community and Events Fundraising Manager the Stroke Association, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to TRFT’s Stroke Team for all their support to Make May Purple. Across the UK, more than a million people are rebuilding their lives after stroke. Their support will help us to make sure stroke gets the attention it deserves and raise vital funds for innovative research into stroke care and treatment.”
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk
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or 01709 427286. Out of hours or at weekends, contact the main switchboard on 01709 820000 and ask for the on-call duty manager.