Hospital hosts fundraising fun-day

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A SURGICAL ward at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital is letting its hair down to hold a day of fun to welcome in the summer.

The Elmton Fun Day will introduce visitors, staff and patients to a number of stalls, games, rides and attractions with all proceeds going towards the ward’s charitable funds.

The day is the brainchild of nurse Liz Claridge and sister Fiona Bramley, both from Elmton ward, who came up with the idea as a way of team bonding and relaxing away from the stress and strains of a very busy ward.

Liz said: “We had talked about it for a while and thought why not open it up to anybody who wants to enjoy a family day out.

“We’ll have fairground rides, a tombola, bouncy castle and all the fun of the fair along with exhibitions from our ambulance teams and Derbyshire Police.

“We’re also hosting sports day style events for staff teams including, doctors and nurses such as a three legged race, egg and spoon race and a tug of war.

“It’s taken a lot of organising but I think it’s important for us and the entire hospital to bring something fun and a bit different to go alongside the care and treatment that we offer daily.”

The day will begin at 11am, on Sunday, August 5, and take place in and around car park 10 at the front of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. There will be refreshments and ice cream available to buy and all proceeds will be going to the ward’s charitable funds. The money will be used to buy additional equipment and training that goes beyond the everyday medical care to make a difference to the comfort and overall experience of a patient’s stay.

Fiona added: “There are always training courses that we can send our nurses on to complement the knowledge they already have and some of the smaller things such as fans, magazines or games that help our patients to relax.

“All of these things aid recovery and can be as important to a patient’s stay and state of mind as the expensive medical equipment.”

The Elmton Fun Day will last until 4pm with people of all ages welcome.