VIDEO: Funds from garden party could fund cancer unit

More than £1,000 raised at Ilkeston Community Hospital League of Friends’ garden party could to go towards funds for a new cancer unit.

Around 800 people attended the event which included a vintage car show, a good old-fashioned raffle, and the Breaston Highlanders entertaining the crowd.

Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Faith and Amelia Newton-Skinner in fancy dress.

Ilkeston hospital league of friends garden party. Faith and Amelia Newton-Skinner in fancy dress.

Mike Perry, chairman of the league of friends, said: “It went a bit drastic at first as the wind did some damage to the gazebos and we had to collapse some.

“We were a bit worried at first because it was windy but it got better and better as the afternoon progressed.”

The money raised from the event, which was held on hospital grounds, will go towards buying new equipment at the hospital for new departments, including a possible cancer unit.

Mike added: “A number of people in Ilkeston have to go into Derby or Nottingham for treatment which you could get here. The Trust is listening to us and we are hoping they will be co-operative.”

He added that the unit would be a place for monitoring patients as opposed to treatment. The group is also currently raising money for a new eye unit which will cost around £10,000.

The garden party, which also included a fancy dress competition, was organised with the help of group members Ted and Margaret Smith.