Summer fair fun at hospital

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Hundreds of people turned out to support Ilkeston Community Hospital’s League of Friends on Saturday at their annual summer fair.

More than £1,000 was raised and stalls sold out as visitors supported the local hospital.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 4 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Elizabeth and Breanna O'Donnell at the ping pong tombola.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 4 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Elizabeth and Breanna O'Donnell at the ping pong tombola.

League of Friends Chairman, Mike Perry, said: “We were really pleased with the turn out and what was raised.

“We were really lucky with the weather and despite it being a busy day at the Olympics there were plenty of people at the event.

“As well as raising the money there were also lots of people visiting the diagnostics and treatment centre which was great to see.

“A lot of people in the area don’t realise what is on offer at the hospital so it was a real eye opener for them.”

NILA 04-08-12 BE 3 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Jean Turton, Pauline Perry and Erewash MP Jessica Lee.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 3 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Jean Turton, Pauline Perry and Erewash MP Jessica Lee.

This weekend will see even more fundraising for the hospital.

More than 100 people have signed up to a fun run which leaves the hospital at 12noon and takes in a circuit around Shipley Country Park.

A tea party is also being held at the Heanor Road hospital in the courtyard opened by the League of Friends a year ago.

Drinks and snacks will be served up and a brass band will be playing from 2pm - 4pm.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 2 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 2 Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party.

Mike added: “Anyone is welcome to come along and join us on Sunday at either event.

“It doesn’t matter if people are signed up for the fun run or not we can sort something out and the tea party is open to everyone.”

NILA 04-08-12 BE 7 Ilkeston hospital new anesthetic equipment on display. Jayne Pickering.

NILA 04-08-12 BE 7 Ilkeston hospital new anesthetic equipment on display. Jayne Pickering.