Where else could you meet Wonder Woman, Ziggy Stardust and James Bond? The Waverley Events Team provided all this and more when they hosted their first ever Scarecrow Festival.
Nearly 50 scarecrows inspired by this year’s ‘heroes and icons’ theme made up a trail of over three miles around homes and community spaces in Waverley with Autumnal festivities also taking place in Highfield Square.
The event raised more than £400 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted children’s appeal.
Reverend Philip Barringer, of the Waverley Events Team, helped to organise the festival. He said: “We are a new community in Waverley so the Events Team wanted to do something which brought everyone together and inspired them to raise funds for charity.
“The amazing entries exceeded our expectations – we we’re blown away! The Mayor and Mayoress chose some incredibly worthy winners after taking the time to follow the whole scarecrow trail. We even had entries from teams at Taylor Wimpey and Barratts, who helped to build our new homes. We’d like to thank everyone who took part and helped us raise money for Dr Ted.”
The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor Alan and Sandra Buckley, attended the event to judge the festival’s creative effigies, awarding top prizes to scarecrows inspired by the Gruffalo, Frida Kahlo and rock band Kiss.
Cllr Buckley said: “We we’re so proud to hear the Waverley community had chosen to support the Dr Ted children’s appeal, which is a cause close to both our hearts, in such an imaginative way. All the scarecrows were excellent so choosing a winner was incredibly difficult. We really loved the ‘Gruffal-crow,’ although the poor little mouse didn’t seem too pleased!”
The Dr Ted’s children’s appeal raises money to fund everything from toys to specialist medical equipment and resources to help The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s youngest and most vulnerable patients, as well as their families, have the best experience of being in hospital as possible.
The appeal has raised £77,500 since it was set up in April 2012. Examples of what the charity has funded include:
• An entertainer and magician to help make youngsters on the Children's Ward smile
• Games and sensory toys for the Children’s Ward, Children's Outpatients and the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre
• Colourful, child friendly wheelchairs
• A child-friendly quiet saw to help remove plaster casts from broken bones
• Specialist sleep apnoea monitors for new-borns on the Special Care Baby Unit
Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funding Committee, added: “We’re incredibly lucky to have such creative fundraisers at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity and we couldn’t think of a better way of marking the start of Autumn than a scarecrow festival. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition with such inventive designs.
“All the money raised will really help the charity to make a difference to some of our youngest and most vulnerable patients.”
There’s still time to help the Waverley Events Team to boost their fundraising pot by donating online to the Dr Ted’s children’s appeal here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steven-webb17
Next year’s movie-themed Waverley Scarecrow Festival will take place between 22 and 29 September with the prizes being awarded at a Community Event on 29 September.
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.