The Band of the Royal Signals march into town for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home Open Day

July 4, 2012qahhNews

At 1.30pm on Saturday 14th July The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, located in Boundary Road, will once again open its gates to the public for its summer Open Day – an annual fête held to raise funds towards the care and rehabilitation of the 60 disabled ex-Servicemen and women it cares for.

The day is to be opened by Stalwart supporter of the charity, Dame Vera Lynn DBE who will spend time meeting guests and signing autographs. The event will celebrate the Service background of many of the Home’s residents with a marching display by the Band of the Royal Signals, and many residents will choose to mark the occasion by dressing in regimental attire with their medals on show.

There will also be performances from Manning School of Irish Dance, Inspire Leisure Glee Club, Shoreham Allstars and Hollis School of Dance, as well as Ballroom Dancers and Punch & Judy.

There will be an array of craft stalls, the usual book and bric-a-brac stalls, as well as the chance to bag yourself some bargain plants on the plant stall, or treat yourself to some delicious home baked goodies on the cake stall.

Resident artists at the Home have been working hard to create a wealth of original artwork to be sold on the day, with proceeds donated to the home. At the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home residents are encouraged to participate in their hobbies as well as learning new skills to help improve hand to eye co-ordination and keep residents as active as possible. Resident Pat Kilmartin, aged 92 says “I enjoy being able to do my art when I wish. Art keeps the mind going and the therapeutic effects are just as good as tablets and medicines”.

As well as the opportunity to purchase some original artwork, there will be some amazing prizes up for grabs including a £250 Argos Voucher, London Theatre trip and a Mini Zeppelin iPod dock very kindly donated by Bowers & Wilkins.

With kid’s games and attractions there will be something for everyone and all proceeds raised on the day will go directly to The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, supporting disabled ex-Servicemen and women of the past, present and future.

Last year the event raised over £10,600 for the Hospital Home and it is hoped that this success will be replicated in 2012. Tickets are £2 per adult and children are free and are available in advance or on the day.

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