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Easter fundraising for hospital charity

25 Apr 2019 16:08:45
Easter fundraising

Easter was an egg-cellent affair this year thanks to a host of fundraising activities and donations to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity

Schools, local businesses, clubs and colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust helped to spread the joy of Easter by donating chocolaty treats or hosting fundraising events at Rotherham Hospital and in the community.

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Easter is a time for celebration and we certainly did that in style thanks to the generous donations we received. 

“The charity received hundreds of Easter eggs which helped to make our youngest patients smile. The events hosted by colleagues and volunteers were also a wonderful way to spread the festive cheer and to raise awareness about how the charity funds resources, equipment and projects which benefit patients and their families.

“Thank you so much to everyone who supported the charity this Easter.”

The Spring-time celebrations began at Rotherham Hospital on 5 April when youngsters from Kelford Special School donated more than 100 Easter eggs for youngsters on the Children’s Ward. 

They were inspired to collect the treats during a special project about nest building at school which saw them create their own bird nests.

Steve Barton, Expressive Arts Teacher at Kelford Special School, said: “We always try and give something back to the community we live in at Kelford Special School and collecting treats for children at Rotherham Hospital at Easter is a really lovely way for us to do that. 

“Many of our children are regularly cared for at Rotherham Hospital too so it’s a good opportunity for us to do something fun for the hospital. Asking for Easter egg donations tied in brilliantly with our nest building project and the whole school has contributed to the Easter egg nest, which is quite the feat of engineering. We hope the eggs will really make children smile this Easter.”

Health Care Support Worker, Louise Parry, organised an Easter bake sale and raffle in reception at Rotherham Hospital and raised £120 for the Trust’s charity and Winston’s Wish, which supports children who have suffered a bereavement. 

Activity Coordinator Maggie Boldan also held a raffle at Oakwood Community Unit, which raised £90. 

Members of the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s National Citizenship Service hosted an Easter themed bake sale and raffle at Rotherham Hospital to raise funds for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s youngest patients. 

Libby Meadows and sisters Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith and Mia Hollingsworth-Smith sold a host of cookies, cupcakes and chocolaty treats and raffled a giant bunny, a chocolate hamper, Easter eggs and a home-made celebration cake. 

They raised £252.27 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted children’s appeal

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Easter is a time for celebration and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend than sharing cake and goodies with our colleagues, family and friends. The volunteers from 

“Rotherham United’s NCS did an amazing job of getting everyone in the mood for Easter and to raise so much for our Dr Ted children’s appeal is a really wonderful achievement. Thank you to everyone who supported them, whether by baking or buying treats and raffle tickets.”

Gym goers from Bannatyne’s in Rotherham donated more than 100 Easter eggs, which were shared between the Children’s Ward, Children’s Outpatients and the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. 

More than 70 members of the Rawmarsh and District Motorcycle Club marked Easter Sunday by donating chocolate treats and £400 to the Children’s Ward as part of their annual Easter Egg Run.

Residents at Bakers Field Court, Herringthorpe, Rotherham, joined forces to run an Easter raffle and bake sale which also raised £1,001.20. 

All the money raised for the charity at Easter events will help to fund equipment, resources and projects which the NHS cannot afford.  The charity has two appeals – the Purple Butterfly Appeal, which supports end of life care, and the children’s appeal Dr Ted.

For more information about how you can support the charity please contact the Charity Team on 01709 426821 or email trft.charity@nhs.net.