Spring into hospital fundraising

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We’ve had plenty to shout about over the past few months, including the launch of our children’s outpatient department following it refurbishment funded by the incredible support of our local community, the amazing Pre-loved Re-loved prom sale at St Aidan’s School raising over £12,000 for our Sir Robert Ogden Centre, and a number of other activities over the winter months all helping us to make a difference across all the departments within Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Spring, however, sees us entering the most exciting part of the year, Event Season.

And 2018 is our fourth year as Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity (HHCC), and this year we have more events planned than ever that our supporters can get involved with, and we are sure we have something to cater for everyone.

With the NHS celebrating 70 years in July; now, more than ever, we need your support to help us fund the things that the NHS cannot provide. I am, therefore, using my column this month to urge you to get involved in whatever way you can and help us make this our most successful fundraising year ever.

We start our events off with two balls in one night; our third annual Sir Robert Ogden Centre Spring Ball at the Old Swan Hotel, and our first ever Maternity Spring Ball at the Pavilions of Harrogate. Get your glad rags on and book a table with your friends for a night of entertainment and help support the complementary therapy service at the Sir Robert Ogden Centre or support our fundraising campaign to refurbish the maternity bereavement suite on the maternity ward.

We then have a couple of more active challenges; the first being the Total Warrior Challenge at Bramham Park. We had a team of 55 from our Intensive Care Unit taking part last year, raising over £13,000 by taking on the 10 mile, 30 obstacle course. We would love for you to join our team on 23 or 24 June.

The following week we have the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 30 June; tackling the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire dales via a circular 24.5 mile route within twelve hours. This is real challenge and worthy of anyone’s sponsorship, so if it is on your ‘list of things to do’ why not sign up and do it in support of your local hospital.

Now in its 11th year, The Big Picnic, in the Valley Gardens, has become an annual family day out in the calendars of many Harrogate residents, and with over 28,500 people entering the gardens during the day of the event, it certainly draws in the crowds. Taking place on Sunday 1 July between 11.30am and 4.30pm, we have a huge amount of activities for you to take part including Tombola’s, our P&G Household goods sale, and the fun fair. We also have some great entertainment including the Rock Choir and an Irish Dancing Troupe.

Our final event for the year is our It’s a Knockout Competition at Ripley Castle. Teams are selling out fast, so sign up now to join up to 27 teams of ten people competing to become HHCC It’s a Knockout Champions 2018. It will be great fun for you and your team. Whether you want to join with your friends or with your work colleagues, it’s going to be the event of the year – so sign up now to avoid missing out!

For information about any of our events, or for support in doing your own fundraising, visit www.hdft.nhs.uk/hhcc or email david.fisher@hdft.nhs.uk