Spalding Johnson Community Hospital fayre was ‘one of the best yet’

At the cakes and preserves stall are Elaine Ladds, Dianne Tilley, Roy Bell,  Jackie Nicholson and Janet Driver
At the cakes and preserves stall are Elaine Ladds, Dianne Tilley, Roy Bell, Jackie Nicholson and Janet Driver
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‘One of the best yet,’ was how Spalding Johnson Community Hospital League of Friends honorary treasurer Elisabeth Britten described this year’s summer fayre.

The event, held in the grounds of the Pinchbeck Road hospital, was well supported and £1,375 was made.

Guests of honour were MP John Hayes and South Holland District Council chairman and deputy Michael Seymour and Rodney Grocock.

Mrs Britton added: “It really has become a lovely event. Many thanks to all our supporters and stall holders who made the event possible and thanks to the entertainers – Slap Dash Dancers and Beauvale Ensemble – for their contribution.”

The fayre is the Friends’ main event of the year and saw stalls manned by members and friends from many organisations from around the district.

The League was formed 62 years ago and supports the hospital with the provision of extra equipment whilst giving priority to making the patients’ visit to hospital a little more comfortable.

Last year it purchased equipment for both the Welland Ward and Outpatients Department worth £5,000.

This year it has been asked to support the purchase of wheelchair scales, multi-functional large handrail scales and knee stools for use by day patients following vein surgery. There are now plans in place to expand the cataract department.

On the social side, the Friends provide patients with gifts at Christmas and Mothering Sunday and its ‘trolley dollies’ pay a weekly visit, selling confectionery and toiletries.

Welland Ward manager Jennie Gittins said: “The donations we have gratefully received from the League of Friends have supported us in being able to obtain equipment and ensure we continue to rehabilitate our patients closer to their homes.”