Wellington Hospital League of Friends 50th Anniversary Fête on Saturday 23 June attracted big crowds to the grounds of Wellesley Park Primary School and provided ample evidence of the community’s wholehearted appreciation of the League’s contribution over half a century.
In his opening address Wellington Mayor Councillor Gary James summarised the importance of the support the League has provided to the hospital in raising both funds for valuable equipment and awareness of its value to the town. He spoke of different generations of local families who have received care in the hospital and the affection it attracts.
Since 1968 the League of Friends has raised over half a million pounds from its annual fête and fund-raising activities, all from the work of volunteers.
The fête featured a programme of entertainment by Wellington Majorettes, Avtar Bollywood dance group, John Walker, Wellesley Park School Choir and Wellington Operatic Society as well as stalls, refreshments provided by local companies, games and activities for children – including face-painting, a bouncy playzone and three very friendly alpacas.
Local organisations were represented, including Devon and Somerset Fire Service who brought along one of their engines, St John’s Ambulance and Wellington Bowling Club.
The League of Friends Trustees thanked Wellesley Park Primary School for the use of the grounds and to everyone who contributed to the event.
Diane Graham, Press Secretary for the League of Friends, said, “We were extremely pleased with how it went. It was really well attended and it was good to see people of all ages enjoying themselves. Lots of people said how much they enjoyed it and that there was a lovely community feel to the afternoon. This is just what we set out to achieve so we are really pleased how everything went.
“We had lots of donations for the plant stall from local nurseries and generous donations of vouchers and gifts from businesses and individuals for the grand draw which contained more than 40 prizes.
“What was most impressive was how many people wanted to be involved in the event, donating items, running stalls and activities, providing entertainment, attending and spending their money, helping to set up and clear away – good teamwork and a real demonstration of how much the town values its community hospital. This was Wellington at its best. A big thank you on behalf of The League.”