Party time helps raise cash as thanks to NHS and Doddington Hospital
Residents of a Fenland housing estate have said their own thank-you to the NHS and in particular Doddington Hospital.
People living on the Fairview Estate in Chatteris, which consists of about 65 homes with 150 residents, held a street party to celebrate the return to some normality and to raise money for the health service.
There was a hot curry with ingredients supplied by Jack's supermarket available.
Adults also enjoyed cream teas and cakes supplied by Jan Baynes and Ann Wells, while the children enjoyed a free tea party and games. The youngest children also received party bags of treats.
A raffle was organised by Denise Butcher with raffle prizes supplied by the residents and included whisky and a cuddly toy.
Ian Salter, one of the organisers said: "This event enabled residents to get together, to enjoy a normal gathering. After the trials of the previous 18 months it was a wonderful release for all those attending. There was excited chatter and laughter.
"People got together to have a good time in a very relaxed, and Covid safe, atmosphere. However everybody was very keen to use the event to raise money to donate to Doddington Hospital to thank them for all their hard work, especially for the vaccination clinics, on our behalf, during the past year.
"It was felt important to say thank you in a tangible manner. The money was raised in the raffle and by selling the food. It was also raised by kind donations from residents who wanted to say thank-you but could not attend the event on the day."
Earlier this month Ian together with Jan, Ann and Denise met with Erica Warner, clinical and operational manager at the minor injuries unit at Doddington Hospital for a tour and a chance to explain why the money, £360, was raised.
He said: "We have experienced the magnificent organisation and implementation of the Covid vaccination roll-out.
"We want to thank all of the staff and volunteers who carried out this task with such efficiency and with a smile. Thank you NHS, thank-you doddington Hospital."