The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home battles the rain to raise funds at annual Open Day
Worthing residents didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits as they came in their hundreds to support the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s annual Open Day on Saturday 14th July 2012. The event is not only a major fundraiser but also an opportunity to welcome the public to QAHH for a day of family entertainment alongside some fantastic stalls.
The event was kicked off by an official opening speech by long-standing supporter of the Hospital Home, BBC Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell who spent the day meeting visitors before announcing the lucky Grand Prize Draw winners. Despite a week of unpredictable downpours there was a brief dry spell right on cue at 3pm to allow the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals to perform a marching display.
There were some other fantastic performances throughout the day from Manning School of Irish Dancing, Inspire Leisure Glee Club, Daniel Steven Walford from the Shoreham Allstars and a dance performance from Hollis School of Dance as well as Punch and Judy by Professor Joe Burns. There was even a chance to meet the new mascot of QAHH, Gifford Bear.
The day was a real community effort with various groups and businesses coming together to raise funds for the Home. Food was provided in the NAAFI tent kindly supplied and run by members of Worthing Combined Ex-Services Association and local pub the Charles Dickens kindly manned a Pimm’s stall with all proceeds going to the Home. There were also cakes baked by various local supporters and Women’s Institute groups, plants donated by HMP Ford and many fantastic raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
Although money raised through the event is still rolling in, it is hoped that the Open Day has raised over £10,000 in total – all of which will go directly towards the care and rehabilitation of disabled ex-Servicemen and women at QAHH.
Event organiser Jennifer Hanraads said “We would like to thank our volunteers, sponsors and supporters who despite the rain came out in force to ensure this year’s Open Day was a success.”
Grand Prize Draw winners: 1st Prize – Mrs Horlock, Worthing; 2nd Prize – Mrs Kay, Hove; 3rd Prize – Mr & Mrs Dudeney, Brighton; Free prize draw – Diane Colvin, Crawley.
Pictures courtesy of Mal Simms www.malsimms.co.uk
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