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Mental health trust Christmas fayre will raise money for games areas

Hellesdon Hospital. Photo: NSFT

Hellesdon Hospital. Photo: NSFT

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People from across Norfolk and Suffolk are invited to come along to a fun-packed festive fayre and help Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) raise money for a new multi-use games area.

The Christmas fayre will take place this Saturday (December 9) at Hellesdon Hospital, on Drayton High Road in Norwich, and will give people the chance to buy festive gifts and food from local businesses, enjoy seasonal music and try their hand at a variety of games and activities.

The fun begins at noon, when Norfolk’s very own television and radio presenter, Helen McDermott, will officially open the fete. Children will then be able to visit Santa Claus in his grotto until 3pm.

A Norwich City sports-themed stall has been organised by service users on Yare Ward, which provides inpatient support to men, while NSFT’s occupational therapy team have been helping service users fill lavender bags and create natural decorations to sell on the day.

Service users from Whitlingham Ward, which provides secure inpatient support for women, have also been busy knitting a variety of Christmas gifts and will be baking treats to sell, while a range of refreshments will also be available.

Everyone who comes along will also be able to enjoy music from Opening Night Ensemble, a local inter-school choir and the Psychobabbles, which includes NSFT’s medical director Dr Bohdan Solomka and Dr Jon Wilson, consultant psychiatrist.

All proceeds from the event will go towards NSFT’s charitable fund, and will be spent creating a games area on the hospital site which service users will be able to use for a range of activities and sports, including basketball, tennis and netball.

NSFT’s chief executive Julie Cave said: “It has been wonderful to see staff and service users alike supporting the event by dedicating their own time and creativity to crafting wreaths, baking cakes and making all manner of items to sell on the day.

“We hope to raise lots of money at the fayre for our charitable fund, to buy those added extras for the benefit of our service users.”

The fayre runs from noon to 4pm and entry is free. For more information, click here.

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