The Hospital Fete raised some £13,500 thanks to the people of Crowborough who turned out in force in near-perfect Bank Holiday Monday weather.
The result is a clear demonstration of the great importance of the hospital and birthing unit to Crowborough residents. Community support for the fete could not be stronger, with local businesses this year contributing some £1,500 to the costs of putting on the event, and allowing almost all of the proceeds from the stalls and various activities to go straight towards the hospital.
Chantal Wilson, chairman of the Friends of Crowborough Hospital, said:
Not only was the fete a very enjoyable occasion on a lovely sunny afternoon, but it raised a significant sum to help the Friends support the hospital. Everyone is thrilled with the result.
The Friends are currently supporting three main projects and the funds raised will contribute to each. These are the social day centre that the Friends run themselves, refurbishment of the birthing centre and the renewal of X-ray equipment.
I would like to thank everyone who helped to run the fete but especially Ricky Booth, who masterminded it, and the wonderful people of Crowborough who attended and spent so generously.
For the first time, the fete organisers benefited from a team of helpers from Beacon Academy who were able to raise fund for the school’s annual trip to the Gambia. The school has links with The Gambian High School going back more than 20 years and each year students raise between £10,000 and £20,000 to fund projects in the villages they visit. Over the years they have funded water systems, school buildings, equipment and health care programmes.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fete from the stallholders themselves, to the members of the Beacon Academy Gambia group who so efficiently eased the load of setting up and clearing away the site and all the people who rallied round at the last minute to provide the many gazebos needed.