Players from Rotherham United Football Club received cheers of a different kind when they attended a festive fixture to support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
Millers’ defenders Joe Mattock and Richard Wood made a star appearance alongside Miller Bear at the charity’s annual Christmas Fair where they switched on Rotherham Hospital’s Christmas tree lights.
They were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor Jenny Andrews and Cllr Jeanette Mallinder, plus carol singers from Busy Bees Nursery and St Bernard’s Catholic High School.
Santa, the charity’s children’s appeal mascot Dr Ted and colleagues from Unison Rotherham Health also boosted the festive spirit at the event on Tuesday 3 December, helping to raise £1178.43.
Mike Smith, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, thanked Michael O‘Conner from O’Connifer’s Tree Services, Rotherham, for loaning the charity a 10ft Norwegian Spruce to enable to Christmas celebrations to go ahead.
He said: “We hold our Charity Christmas Fair every year to help raise the spirits of our patients, their families and colleagues at what can be a difficult time of year for many people, especially if they are spending time in hospital away from their loved ones.
“The children from both schools sang beautifully and really helped to kick off the festive season in style. We were delighted to welcome our special guests from Rotherham United, Santa and Dr Ted too.
“Thank you to all our volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, to our amazing Santa and everyone who donated cakes, gifts, raffle prizes or selection boxes and to everyone who attended.
“We’d also like to thank O’Connifer’s for loaning the charity such a beautiful Christmas tree – our event wouldn’t have been possible without you.”
All the money raised at the Charity Christmas Fair will help to boost the Dr Ted children’s appeal.
Examples of what the appeal has funded include:
• Games and sensory toys for the Children’s Ward, Children's Outpatients and
the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre
• Colourful, child friendly wheelchairs
• A magician to entertain a magician on the Children’s Ward.
• 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
Spending time in hospital during Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time for patients of all ages, their family and friends. But with your help we can bring a smile to people’s faces when it really matters the most. For more information about how you can play your part this Christmas visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/Fundraising/Festive_Fundraising/
For more information about the charity please contact Suzanne Rutter or Jessica Lipski on 01709 426821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.