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Fun family fete raises money for sports facility

​Families, carers and service users from across East Anglia are being invited to join the fun at an action-packed fete this Saturday (22 July) while helping Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) raise money for a new multi-use games area.

The summer fete takes place at Hellesdon Hospital on Drayton High Road in Norwich. It will give people the chance to enjoy a variety of games and activities while also trying their hand at Tai chi and massage and finding out more about looking after their own wellbeing.

The fun starts at 11am, when ex-Norwich City favourite and Welsh international footballer Iwan Roberts will officially open the fete. Children will then be able to take part in a fun penalty shoot-out and meet the striker, who will be signing autographs.

Staff from the Trust’s Wellbeing services, based in both Suffolk and Norfolk and Waveney, will be on hand to explain more about the help they provide between 11am and 1pm, and will set up a special ‘wellbeing zone’ where people can try a variety of activities.

All proceeds from the event will go towards NSFT’s Charitable Fund, and will be spent creating the games area on the hospital site which service users will be able to use for a range of activities and sports, including basketball, tennis and netball.

Acting Team Lead Physiotherapist at NSFT, Loretta Taylor said: “Recovery and wellbeing promotion is at the very heart of our Trust‘s vision and values.

“Therapy services, our physical heath team, nursing and medical staff share health promotion advice with service users on subjects such as healthy eating, smoking cessation, regular exercise and activities and offer support with addressing alcohol and substance misuse.

“Exercise instructors and physiotherapy staff also offer regular gym and sports sessions and tailored exercise programmes. We encourage service users to include exercise and physical activity as part of their daily lives and can assist them in locating facilities in their local area.

“The multi-use games area would be a welcomed addition to our facilities at Hellesdon for service users to further enhance their wellbeing and recovery.”

One of the Trust’s Quality Matrons, Heidi McKay, explained they day was also about staff being able to show their friends and families a little bit about what they do.

She said: “We’re very proud of what we do, and I don’t know of any colleagues who doesn’t do their very best every day to offer the best care and services we can. The day is about being able to share that, while also having some old fashioned fun.”

NSFT’s Deputy Director of Nursing, Dawn Collins added: “Local businesses have really got behind the event and have been extremely generous in sponsoring and donating prizes. Thanks to them, we have been able to make the fete cost neutral and will hopefully raise lots of money for our charitable fund to buy those added extras for the benefit of our service users.”

Prizes donated by local businesses for the raffle include a £200 Intu Chapelfield voucher, a £100 John Lewis voucher, two tickets to Newmarket Races Dubai Festival, a three-course Sunday lunch for two at Park Farm Hotel and two day passes for spa facilitates at Dunston Hall. Tickets will be available on the day.

A BBQ and mock-tail stand, cake stall, cream teas, ice creams and refreshments will also be available.

The fete runs from 11am to 4pm at Hellesdon Hospital, and entry is free.

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