Nearly 2,000 visitors to the Crowborough Hospital Fête on Bank Holiday Monday raised £13,500 to support the Hospital.
Organisers were delighted by the turnout and the response from the community to the revamped Fête. Twenty minutes before opening the queue to get in stretched all along Southview Road and almost to petrol station on Croft Road. An unprecedented attendance – even pre-pandemic.
Kay Moss, who currently chairs the Trustee Committee, and was helping to sell raffle tickets on the day said:
The attendance was phenomenal, and on the raffle ticket sales table it was non-stop. I’ve never known anything like it. We were determined to make it a ‘fête for families’ and that was a resounding success, but the £13,500 raised was a superb result.
We are so grateful for such strong support from the community.
Long-time favourite stalls such as the jigsaws and books proved as popular as ever, raising around £1,000 each. Near the fête entrance the clothes stall did a roaring trade, as ever.
In the ‘Food Corner’ refreshments were being provided in the tea tent, the cake stall (Crowborough Vale WI); a real BBQ (1st Crowborough Scouts) and ice cream & lollies so that visitors were able to relax for a while and enjoy ‘eats and a cuppa’ on a sunny and cheerful day.
The Crowborough Community First Responders returned to the Fête this year. The Friends were delighted to share the Hospital Fête with another emergency care provider who make such an important contribution to urgent health care locally.
Crowborough Athletic made their first Hospital Fête appearance with their ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition.
New for this year was Crowborough’s own “Jumping Juniors” which proved very popular.
The Friends want to thank the help and practical support they received from a number of local businesses who help to make the revamped Fête such a success: Coppards, Jordans Nursery, Morrisons, NG Moss Services Ltd, Prosperity IFA, Pureprint, Redshield Chartered Accountants, Samuel Taylor, Tesco Stores, Waitrose & Partners, WE Cro, Wood & Pilcher.
And they wanted to pass on their most heartfelt thanks to all the local residents who turned-out to support the Hospital Fête and thereby show their appreciation to the hospital staff who work tirelessly to provide this much valued local service.