Around 250 people from across Norfolk and Suffolk came along to a fun-packed festive fayre to help Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) raise money for a new multi-use games area.
The Christmas Fayre took place on Saturday (9 December) at Hellesdon Hospital, on Drayton High Road in Norwich, and gave people the chance to buy festive gifts and food from local businesses, enjoy seasonal music and try their hand at a variety of games and activities.
The fun began at 12 noon, when Norfolk’s very own television and radio presenter, Helen McDermott, officially opened the fayre. Children were able to visit Santa Claus in his grotto to put in any last minute requests and collect a small gift.
Service users from NSFT wards supported the event by knitting, baking and crafting items to sell on the day.
People were treated to music from Opening Night Ensemble, a local inter-school choir and the Psychobabbles, which includes NSFT’s Medical Director Dr Bohdan Solomka and Dr Jon Wilson, Consultant Psychiatrist.
Sheena Scrimgeour, owner of PAT Dog Inca, who do inspirational work with service users at our Trust, was at the event to talk to people about their bid for the PAT Dog of the Year Award.
Sheena and Inca have made the final six of the contest, arranged by the Pets as Therapy (PAT) charity. She said: “It’s been a magical event capturing the festive spirit and bringing people together.
“It’s been really heart-warming to see service users, staff and the public interacting with Inca and the day has reiterated everything I know about the benefits of animals for therapy.
“Lots of people have voted for Inca today and we’ve spoken to many people about the work we do. Inca and I are very appreciative of the help and support NSFT has given us in our bid for the award.”
All proceeds from the event will go towards NSFT’s charitable fund, and will be spent creating a 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.
NSFT’s Chief Executive, Julie Cave added: “It’s been an amazing day, so many people have come along and it’s been really fun, happy and positive.
“There’s been a great community spirit, with local people really getting behind the event. We haven’t yet counted up the money raised, but will definitely be doing this again next year because it’s been so successful.
“Thank you to everyone who came along and to local businesses for their generosity."
To find out more about the NSFT Charitable Funds and how to donate, visit: www.nsft.uk/charitablefunds
To vote for Inca in the PAT Dog of the Year Award, visit: www.yours.co.uk/PATDogs
To view more photos from the event, visit: www.nsft.uk/christmasfayre
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