The John Coupland Hospital (JCH) Charities committee are about to start their 15th year raising monies for the ease and comfort of patients, ward, clinics, staff and district nurses.
Over that time, funds spent are approaching £50,000 — not a bad sum, from a group which has varied over the years, but never consisted of more than 12 people. These are mostly pensioners, who put their hearts into the job and never claimed any expenses. They have held concerts, quizzes, dances, grand draws and even loose change in jam jars.
Now approaching the new year (the AGM is on 24th January), some of the committee feel it is time for fresh blood and new ideas, especially with centenary of end of World War I (in which the hospital was involved from the beginning, a tree planting event marked that time). It is also hoped to mark, in some special way, when the town worked hard to fund and build the Peace Wing, now in the area of minor injuries.
Loose change collections continue, but the money collected now goes directly to the ward. Dances continue on a four-weekly basis and remain popular, with people travelling up to 35 miles to join in, as they love the live music.
During the last couple of years, Scotter Ward have been fundraising. The committee immediately contributed money to their help start campaign, also sponsoring a table at their ball.
Among the other items provided by committee every year are monies for Christmas gifts, celebrations goodies both gifts, decorations and food, £1,170 on a new blood chair, £7,000 for a canopy for the balcony on Scotter ward and furniture, £1,250 on a defibrillator for the district nurse clinics, £910 for new scales for clinics and models of replacement joints, furnishing the new quiet/multi faith room, and lately a £4,000 contribution to the technology reminiscence equipment for Scotter. This is on top of many smaller items such as highchairs for the café and benches around the gardens, plants, Christmas trees, wheelchairs, a slow cooker and much more.
Scotter Ward will be fundraising for their palliative care room refurbishment at the Christmas Gift and Craft Fayre on Sunday 3rd December from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Father Christmas will be arriving at 2.30pm.
Under the current chairman, Colin Stubley, the charity hopes to continue with its work. If you are interested in helping please come along to the AGM at 3.00pm at John Coupland Hospital on 24th January.