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Tricks and treats lead to pounds thanks to fundraisers

04 Nov 2019 17:45:48
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The ghosts and ghouls were out in force with tricks and treats galore this Halloween to help raise funds for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

The charity teamed up with colleagues from Unison Rotherham, Tesco Maltby’s Community Champion Julia Jones and the children’s appeal mascot Dr Ted to host a Halloween Spooktacular bake sale and raffle in reception at Rotherham Hospital. 

Creative bakers donated a host of treats including parkin, googly toffee eyeballs, pumpkin cupcakes and a magical unicorn cake, raising a terror-ific £256.12.

Liz Hall, Clerical Officer at Unison Rotherham Health Branch, said: “The Unison team love baking and fancy dress, so the Halloween Spooktacular was the perfect opportunity for us to help to raise funds for charity. 

“For many people Halloween is brought to life with pumpkins, witches and wizards but we were particularly inspired by Mexican holiday celebrations on All Souls’ Day where people pray for and remember their loved ones who have sadly passed away on. We combined the two traditions and had a frightfully good time.” 

All the funds raised at the devilishly tasty event will enable the charity to invest in equipment, resources and projects which are above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide and which benefit patients cared for by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike Smith, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “For our first Halloween event we appealed for creative bakers to help whip up some tricks and treats to ensure we could raise as much money as possible, and we weren’t disappointed. 

“Our colleagues at Unison and Tesco Maltby raised the stakes with their fabulous fancy dress, which alongside Dr Ted, helped to attract colleagues, patients and their families keen to join in the festivities. 

“Whether you baked goodies or bought raffle tickets and treats – we really appreciate everyone who supported the charity this Halloween.”

Photo: Liz Hall, Gill Garnett and Lynn Monk from the Unison Rotherham Health branch fundraising with Julia Jones, Tesco Maltby Community Champion, and Dr Ted at the Halloween Spooktacular.