On Saturday 28 July Ben Sebastian Cox hosted a BBQ and fete fundraiser celebrating 70 years of the NHS at Ridgewood village hall.
At the event there was a Fancy dress competition (Doctors and nurses) for kids with prizes. BBQ burgers, hot dogs and veggie options (on request).Cake stalls and refreshments, Games on the green,, Stalls with prizes, Community First Responders (working in partnership with SECAmb and the NHS) talking to people about their work in the community, Raffles, all proceeds going to equipment, Music, Face painting …and much more.
At the event they had 3 members for St John’s ambulance doing talks and first aid classes on the green that all the little doctors and nurses loved to learn about. They also had Nigel Sweet Ambulance Technician SECAmb, UNISON Senior Steward & UNISON Branch Communications Coordinator talking to people about life in the ambulance service and giving out NHS 70th Birthday mugs and pens.
They also had a young women for Uckfield 6th form Becky Herricks doing the arts section where she run the bubble painting, marbling, NHS pictures and also she did some wonderful face paints that all the children loved.
Derek Smith, Uckfield community first responder, talked about the work they do for free as volunteers. As Derek was on call, little way in the event he was put in to action when a young man needed medical attention at the millennium green next to the event. Derek left the event right away and help this young man and waiting for the ambulance to come. Truly showing how important the work the community first responders is for our town.
The Uckfield women’s cancer group put on a cake and tea stall with 2 members that help run the group Helen Cox and Fiona Soutar. The women’s cancer group help women to deal with life with or after cancer by being a friendly face to talk to over coffee or lunch bringing the human side to cancer. Ben was proud to have his mum work along side him to put on the event.
Ria Gerlei From St Thomas Hospital london run the guess the bear and guess the sweets as well as talk about life as a nurse and also training to become a nurse.
On the day Ben Sebastian Cox hosted sports day games like tug of war, egg & spoon race and sack race. The final big game was the mega sports day game where we gave medals to 1st 2nd and 3rd where Sophie came 1st
At the event there was a fancy dress completion for little doctors and nurses hosted by councillor and owner of French’s fancy dress shop Donna French and deputy mayor Jackie love who help pick out the best outfits and give the prizes. Lillia Cox-Graham come 1st with joint 2nd going to the Brooker’s sisters Bonnie and Marley.
Helping out on the day we had councillor Daniel Manvell and he really got suck in with the community. Uckield town council had 3 town councillor’s at the event helping as best they can to get money for the community first responders showing the kind and caring town that Uckfield truly is.
The event was a massive success says the host Ben Cox with over £700 made on the day and young children learning more about being safe and the wonderful work every NHS worker does day to day. Ben will look to do more events in Uckfield for the NHS and other things too.
Ben told Uckfield FM:
“With the growing need for ambulances in Wealden going up as the population goes up. I got to thinking how are we going to keep people safe. With the NHS losing 20% of its ambulance crew due to stress or age. Recruitment only at 16% it got me to thinking what can be done so I talked with SECAmb unison and they pointed me to the community first responders. After learning that the first responders work for free and have to pay £2500 for the equipment, I thought I had to help so then I put on the event to raise money and awareness of what the first responders do. I have spend the last year working closely with SECAmb and unison to better understand all the issues with the NHS and ambulance service. this fund-raiser is the start of my on going work to get waiting times down but, if people could help ambulance drivers find home by clearly at road level have a house name if you live in the middle of no where that could cut times down. Overall the event went really well and the families had a wonderful time and learnt a lot from the professionals we had there on the day. I’m very grateful for all the work everyone did on the day”
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