Bath Street bed push raises hundreds for hospital

Staff and volunteers from Ilkeston Community Hospitals Heanor and Hopewell wards joined in the fun.
Staff and volunteers from Ilkeston Community Hospitals Heanor and Hopewell wards joined in the fun.

Healthcare workers and volunteers led a trolley dash through Ilkeston last weekend, raising thousands of pounds for the local hospital.

Now firmly established as a town tradition, teams battled their way up Bath Street with hospital beds and collection buckets on Saturday, April 28.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service team ran out winners.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service team ran out winners.

Mayor Abey Stevenson and Erewash MP Maggie Throup were there to lend a hand, as representatives of the Ilkeston Community Hospital’s Heanor and Hopewell wards went head-to-head with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and supporters from the Co-op community group and the Rotary Club of Ilkeston.

Mike Perry, president of the hospital’s League of Friends, said: “It went very well indeed. Unfortunately the fire service team had to back out at the last minute, but the others more than made up for it.

“It was great to see so many members of the public line the streets. People came into town especially to watch the fun and add a contribution to the buckets.”

He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part and all those who supported the event.

Ilkeston Co-Op members and Mayor Abey Stevenson also showed their support for the community.

Ilkeston Co-Op members and Mayor Abey Stevenson also showed their support for the community.

“It’s things like this that show how much people from the Ilkeston district consider the hospital as their own. It’s not just part of the NHS, it’s ours.”

Mike and his colleagues are still counting up the final totals as sponsorship money continues to flow in, but it has already exceeded £1,300.

He said: “It’s not a race, but there is a bit of competition about who can raise the most. So far EMAS are streaking ahead past £500.”

The money raised will help the League of Friends continue their work to refit the hospital’s new coffee bar, shop and reception area - with any left over to be used for new medical equipment.

Mike said: “We’ve currently got our eye on something that will make a huge difference, and could save even more people from the trouble of travelling to Derby or Nottingham.”

The League of Friends’ next event will be a summer fair in July.