Community support pours in for NHS tea parties

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Tea parties organised by staff at Stracathro Hospital and Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in honour of the NHS 70th anniversary raised a total of £857.24 in aid of Tayside Health Fund.

Catering staff at Stracathro and Whitehills invited patients, public and staff to come along to the Pavilion restaurant and the Whitehills restaurant to celebrate the NHS 70th anniversary on Thursday, 5 July.

The events were organised by catering supervisors Sandra Wood and Katherine Hardie, who first approached their local catering suppliers with information about Tayside Health Fund and asked if they wished to donate a raffle prize.

Local businesses were also contacted and asked if they wanted to support the events. A total of 27 businesses stepped up and participated in the fundraising events. The catering staff also donated gifts and provided a wide selection of home baking to sell on the day.

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David Bayne, locality catering service manager for Angus, said, “I want to give a big thank you and a note of appreciation to all the catering staff for all their efforts in making the NHS 70th Tea Parties such a success.

“Through their hard work and the generosity of our suppliers both internal and local, we raised an amazing total of £857.24 through our teas, home baking and raffle. The money will be donated to the Tayside Health Fund.

“Thanks also to all our staff who supported this with their own donations, and of course, everyone who purchased our baking and bought raffle tickets at both these events.”

Tayside Health Fund is a Registered Scottish Charity which supports NHS Tayside hospitals and services. It is supported by donations and legacies from patients, their relatives, the general public and other organisations.

Donations to the Fund can be used for many things including buying items for patients that will make their stay in hospital more comfortable, introducing new pioneering ways of delivering care, providing funds for research projects, building new facilities or providing educational and training opportunities for staff.


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