Thousands raised for Port Talbot hospital: hopes

26 June 2012

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The marquee was packed at the tenth annual hospital fete. Photo by Lewis Thelwall

FRIENDS of Neath Port Talbot Hospital hope they have raised thousands of pounds for new hospital equipment in their tenth annual fete.

Once again the fete took place in a marquee, with admissions starting at 1pm, and costing 20p.

The charity is run by volunteers who work actively throughout the year hosting various events such as weekly car boot sales and other fundraising events.

This year’s fete hosted 40 stalls inside the marquee, which was sponsored by Barrat homes. Punters could do everything from naming a bear, buy raffle tickets, spin the wheel, buy cakes, have their faces painted, buy children’s toys or even enjoy a simple cup of tea. All of the merchandise for sale was received through donations.

The now traditional classic car show was also run in the surrounding car park, hosted by Skewen motor club.

Local services such as the RNLI, fire, police, ambulance and crime prevention services were also present to hand out leaflets and information about safety.

Last year’s previous summer fete raised £21,120, the highest amount ever raised by the charity’s fetes, and organisers are hoping for another substantial amount.

Past donations include £7,400 for the hospital’s endoscope department, along with various other equipment purchases for the hospital, totalling £38,000.

Volunteers who are interested in joining the Friends of the Hospital can contact chairman Mrs Vicky Weeks at: 11 Brwyna avenue, Port Talbot, SA12 6AQ or by telephone on 01639 897624.

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