Garden Party helps fund hospital equipment

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Family fun and entertainment marked the annual showcase for the charity which last year invested nearly £650,000 in high-tech medical equipment for Bexhill patients.

Family fun and entertainment marked the annual showcase for the charity which last year invested nearly £650,000 in high-tech medical equipment for Bexhill patients.

The sun came out in the nick of time for last Saturday’s Hospital Garden Party.

For the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital the annual event is an opportunity not only to tell the public what the league has been achieving on its behalf but to involve the community.

Opening the event, league chairman Cllr Stuart Earl said the public’s support had enabled the league to re-equip the hospital’s Jethro Arscott Day Surgery Unit with more than £555,000-worth of specialist eye surgery equipment.

He told supporters: “It’s not what we do – we only manage what you do.”

Generous donations enabled the league to help others in the community, he said.

Garden party organiser Mark Sivyer’s committee had put together a comprehensive package.

Popular local folk band The Exiles kept the public entertained throughout the afternoon with a varied programme of toe-tapping music.

All Saints’ Church of England Primary School choir delighted with a medley of lively songs.

Bexhill Lions Club maintained a steady supply of barbecued burgers and hot dogs while league social secretary Harriet Chapman and colleagues were at full stretch throughout the afternoon serving tea and cakes in the Health Centre Hall.

Bexhill Past Rotarians Club members again manned the entry points. Bexhill Rotary Club ran the hoopla.

Committee member Pearl Easton’s raffle was yet again one of the main money-spinners.

Book-lovers crowded round the Irvine Unit book stall and Bexhill Floral Group’s colourful display proved popular.

Sea Cadets undergoing training with the Maritime Volunteer Service helped demonstrate the Sovereign Harbour unit’s hovercraft.

Bexhill 100 Motoring Club’s cherished classics gleamed in the sunshine and Bexhill Caring Community volunteers with their Dial-a-Ride bus explained the charity’s comprehensive range of assistance.

Committee member and Community First Responder Mike Dean and First Responder colleague Susan Reynolds were demonstrating the Choker Vest, a simple but effective £150 aid for training volunteers in life-saving technique.

Chairman Ted Kemp and Neighbourhood Watch colleagues were explaining how Junior Neighbourhood Watch is bringing the community vigilance message to primary schools.

Adding to the colour of the occasion was an array of fresh new bunting donated by a well-wisher.

Bexhill Gardens and Allotments Society kindly loaned the tables for the stalls and Witham Brothers provided the transport for them.

The event raised around £2,900.

Words and pictures by John Dowling.

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