Annual Harvest Fete Triumph!

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The South Petherton Community Hospital’s successful Harvest Fete 2016 attracted a wealth of visitors, exhibitors, performers and patients. It was a great outcome for all the hard work that went into organising the event, with the League of Friends’ and Matron’s secretary, Shirley Zaple, leading the team’s stellar efforts.

Mary Robertson opens the Harvest Fete

Mary Robertson opens the Harvest Fete.

Opened by Mary Robertson, former matron of the hospital who gave her name to its ward, the fete raised money to support the hospital community as well as enabling other charities to promote their own activities. The League of Friends raised funds through selling Christmas cards and answered many questions about the work of the League and the benefits of membership.

At a time when the NHS features constantly in news headlines as a point of fracture, tension and anxiety, it was heartwarming to witness in South Petherton that which underpins our national health service – humanity. People who are presently facing major health challenges enjoyed themselves alongside their friends and families, nurses and healthcare assistants and over 100 visitors.

League of Friends team, Mary, Jennifer and Helen.

League of Friends team – Mary, Jennifer and Helen.

Visitors looking around the craft stalls.

Visitors looking around the craft stalls.

Creative thinking and doing were on display throughout the sunny afternoon. A notable interactive exhibit, the ‘Human Fruit Machine’, was a massive hit with everyone. It was a delightful and hands-on experience that compelled people of all ages to have-a-go. The recently formed Enigma Morris displayed their dancing prowess and encouraged onlookers to join in. In addition, the Yeovil Ukulele Band played well-known tunes to an enthusiastic audience who tucked-in to cream teas and coffees.

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The Human Fruit Machine in action!

Enigma Morris dancers

Enigma Morris dancers.

It was the first time that the ‘See Bike See Life’ team had visited the hospital with the motorbike they plan to haul to Bristol next week in order to raise funds for three charities – the League of Friends of South Petherton Hospital, Headspace and Southmead Hospital – see an earlier article about the challenge here.

Members of the 'See Bike See Life' challenge team

Members of the ‘See Bike See Life’ challenge team.

Children of all ages enjoyed the artistic face-painting.

Children of all ages enjoyed the artistic face-painting.

At the end of the afternoon Shirley led the raffle draw alongside two nursing colleagues. Dozens of local businesses and individuals generously donated great prizes that were appreciated by the many raffle winners.

Hospital staff draw the raffle.

Hospital staff draw the raffle.

Brodie is the new petting dog who visits the hospital weekly, benefitting the patients hugely.

Brodie is the new petting dog who visits the hospital weekly, benefitting the patients hugely.

Well done to all those who gave their time to make the annual harvest fete such a joyful afternoon – and one which raised much needed funds for the hospital community.

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Roll-on Harvest Fete 2017!