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Pledge your support for NHS Charity Christmas Fair

13 Nov 2018 16:47:01
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The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity will be hosting its annual Christmas Fair this December with crafters, bakers and fundraisers being sought to boost the festive spirit. 

Whether you’re a creative Christmas card maker, a star baker or an artistic crafter – the Charity is looking for volunteer fundraisers to host stalls. The Charity is also appealing for donations of Christmas selection boxes and sweet treats for Santa to surprise children with at the event.

The annual fair will be held at Rotherham Hospital in Community Corner on Tuesday 4 December, between 10.30am and 2pm. 

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “The festive season can be a mixture of joy and worries for many people, especially for our patients and their families, so we hope our Christmas Fair will bring a little sparkle to people’s lives.

“Our fantastic volunteers and colleagues from Unison in Rotherham have already pledged to sell home-made cakes, Christmas cards, decorations and books and to host a raffle and tombola. But we’d also like to offer a personal shopping experience where colleagues, patients, their families and visitors can pick up hand-made stocking fillers.

“Whether you can host a craft or fundraising stall, donate a selection box or pop along to buy a raffle ticket or some cake, we’d really appreciate your support. 

“Last year’s event raised £812.55 so we hope 2018’s event will raise even more money to help provide resources, equipment and the added extras for patients which the NHS cannot fund.”

The countdown will also begin at the Charity’s Christmas Fair when players from Rotherham United Football Club join the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Alan Buckley, to switch on the hospital’s Christmas tree lights.

Children from Busy Bees Nursery, based at Oakwood Hall Drive in Rotherham, and pupils from St Bernard’s Catholic High School, will be singing carols and youngsters will have the opportunity to see if they are on the ‘good list’ when they meet Santa. 

Christmas shoppers will also have the opportunity to purchase gifts from stallholders Rachel Shepherd, who owns jewellery boutique Wild Ginger, Nicola Holmshaw, who creates cards, mugs, prints and hand-painted vintage china for her craft business Pixie Drew, and wreath-maker Dale Evers.

Crafters who would like to host a stall are asked to donate £25 to the Charity. All the funds raised will help the Charity to fund resources, equipment and projects which will benefit patients and their families cared for by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information about the Charity Christmas Fair, or to register your interest, please contact Suzanne Rutter or Jessica Lipski on 01709 426821 or email Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk. Selection boxes can be donated by visiting the Charity Office, based in the Corporate Secretariat at Rotherham Hospital on Floor D.