A whopping £1,500-plus is expected to be raised from the Friends of Johnson Hospital Summer Fayre.
It beats previous totals raised at the new hospital site on Pinchbeck Road “by hundreds”, according to Friends treasurer Elisabeth Britten and that is the icing on the cake after a “super, happy afternoon”.
Funds raised by the Friends go towards treats for patients and running the “trolley dollies” although the volunteer fundraisers have also agreed to provide £7,000 towards equipment and refurbishments for the new cataract clinic.
Special guests on the day included MP John Hayes and Coun Rodney Grocock, the new vice chairman of South Holland District Council, and a number of district councillors.
It was Coun Grocock’s first civic engagement and he said: “The event was very well attended and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
“I have to give a special commendation to the organisers and stallholders who made this event the success it was and I hope they made lots of money for charity.”
It was just a super, happy afternoon.Elisabeth Britten
As well as supporting the fayre, Coun Grocock and his wife, Christine, took time to visit hospital patients.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding were there to entertain visitors and there was a host of stalls and games, including golf – which saw Mr Hayes and son Edward joining the throng who were testing their putting skills.
Mrs Britten said: “It was a successful afternoon.
“The sun shone and the people came. The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding were extremely popular – people were just sitting there as if it was a concert.
“The stallholders did very well financially. It was just a super, happy afternoon.”
The fayre is held under the hospital’s entrance canopy and in the reception. Before the new community hospital opened, the fayre was held at The Welland Hospital – one of two hospitals supported by the Friends.