There were smiles all round at a summer fair that was held by the Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends.
The fun-filled fundraiser took place on hospital grounds off Heanor Road on Saturday and saw families turn out to enjoy a range of activities, including a fancy dress competition, a classic vehicles parade and punishment stocks where people could have a go at pelting volunteers with water-soaked sponges.
The winner of the fancy dress competition was five-year-old Sofia Eddyshaw, who was dressed as a fairytale princess. She was presented with her prize by Mayor of Erewash, councillor Kewal Singh Athwal. President of the League of Friends, Mike Perry, said: “More than £800 has been raised so far. We didn’t have as many people come as we have had in the past but the weather wasn’t too kind to us.
“People queued up to throw the sponges at me in the stocks and the mayor took part in the penalty shootout.”
The garden party is held every year to raise money for new equipment at the hospital.
The charity work carried out by the League of Friends is vital and they recently purchased a machine for the physiotherapy department and have plans to provide equipment for a number of other departments. Money is raised through donations, events and legacies left by people.
Mike added: “We hold events like this so patients don’t have to go to Derby or Nottingham hospitals.”