Hospital Fete called off

The Friends Of Crowborough Hospital are now looking at alternative fund-raising opportunities.

Crowborough Hospital Fete has again fallen victim to the Covid-19 epidemic and will not take place this year. It is only the second time the event has been cancelled since it became
established in the late 1950s as the town’s main August Bank Holiday Monday attraction.

In a letter to the team of volunteers who help to stage the Fete each year, Friends of Crowborough Hospital chairman, Chantal Wilson, said: The trustees of the Friends have
concluded, regrettably, that the situation about mass gatherings is still uncertain, even as far ahead as August. We have therefore decided not to hold the traditional fete again this
year. It is a sad decision but we don’t want to put volunteers to a lot of work, only to find we can’t go ahead; nor do we want to acquire a lot of donations that we are unable to store
or sell.”

Alternative Fundraising 

The Friends are now looking at ways of filling the funding void left by the cancellation. Last year they were able to organise a Month of Giving in August thanks to the generosity of
Chappell’s Pharmacy owner Mr Mahendra Sharma who allowed them to open a pop-up shop in the vacated part of the pharmacy and health food store in Croft Road. In addition, the Sewing Crow-Bees raised a magnificent £15,000 for the Friends by manufacturing and selling face masks.

Mrs Wilson said: “The hospital’s in-patient ward has been completely full throughout the pandemic which shows how important it is that the Friends continue to provide equipment
and services to make life easier and better for both patients and staff. Thanks to the Sewing Crow-Bees, for example, we were able to provide specialist mattresses for in-patients so
that very unwell patients could be more comfortable and more easily nursed by staff.”

Raffle going ahead

One event definitely going ahead this year is the annual raffle but the Friends will also be looking at alternative ways of focusing attention on Crowborough Hospital on Bank Holiday
Monday. Please look out for announcements in the Press, on the Friends’ website (www.foch.org.uk ), Twitter (@foch_org_uk), and Facebook.