ILKESTON Community Hospital’s annual garden party drew in the crowds once again to raise cash for the vital League of Friends volunteers.
The activity-filled event was packed with stalls and rides for visitors of all ages and included displays from the Dance Divas and Long Eaton Militaires Marching Band who led the parade of vintage and classic vehicles to kick-start the fun.
League of Friends chairman Mike Perry said the initial total raised is around the £1,500 mark but more money is still pouring in.
“We are absolutely over-the-moon,” he said. “We did very well and the amount is still going up.
“The weather was kind to us eventually. It rained on our parade but then all of a sudden the sun came out and the crowds came along.”
Visitors at the free event held at the hospital grounds in Heanor Road were also entertained by a variety of local talent including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonator James Powers.
On top of all that, members of the public – along with Erewash MP Jessica Lee – were offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital’s operating theatres and high-tech diagnostic areas.
Last year the specialist unit treated 3,382 people for a whole range of conditions including cataracts, hernias and knee arthroscopy.
The unit can also now carry out shoulder surgery following the recent installation of £60,000 worth of new equipment which was part-funded by the League of Friends.
And as a special thank you for the volunteers support, Diagnostic and Treatment Centre staff also set up fundraising stalls and head massage treatments in the unit during the day to add to the grand total.
Mr Perry added: “The open day was a fantastic success and gave us the chance to show off some of the fantastic work being done at the hospital that people do not always know about.
“Some of the people being taken round the operating theatres did not even know we had that provision here.”
n During the event, paramedics from Ilkeston Ambulance Service were presented with a trophy by Erewash deputy mayor Cllr Jennifer Hulls for raising the most money during the League’s annual Bed Push earlier this year after picking up £496 out of a total of over £1,450.