On 21st and 22nd December 2013, the Residents Association – in conjunction with Asda and Tesco Express, arranged for four charity carol singing events to take place in Kingsway, to raise money for Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Children’s Ward… (more info’).
Asda also offered to add gifts collected as a part of their Give A Gift campaign to the donation.
Tesco Express also sold raffle tickets to shoppers to bolster donations, as well as donating the prizes and giving away sweets and mince pies over the weekend.
We were lucky enough to get several sponsors to donate towards the fund: Miller Homes, Guinness Hermitage Housing Group, Oxbode Housing (GreenSquare Group), Asda (Quedgeley) and Tesco Express (Kingsway).
Numerous local children joined the choir, along with various members of the KRA.
Richard Graham MP, Cllr: Fred Wood and Conservative candidate Dave Norman also took part in the event.
L to R: Cllr: Fred Wood, Santa, Vicky (Tesco Express manager)
The total raised (£811.30 plus the gifts from Asda), was presented to Hospital Play Specialists Liz Cubbins and Louise Danter, at the hospital, on Wednesday 22nd January:
L to R: Liz Cubbins, Lois, Michelle(KRA), Joanne, George, Gill (KRA), Louise Danter, Dawn Brockbank (Asda)
Jo Harvey (Lead Nurse / Modern Matron for Paediatric Inpatients and Outpatient Department at GRH Children’s Ward) said:
“On behalf of the Directorate of Children’s Services, and especially all the children on the Paediatric Unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, we would like to thank you for taking the time to visit us and for your extremely generous cheque for £811.30.
I understand that your Association raised this money by organising carol singing events around Gloucester prior to Christmas. This is a fantastic sum of money for you to have raised and I am sure that you must all have worked extremely hard organising these events. I would, therefore, be grateful if you could pass on our thanks to all those members who participated.
Once again, thank you so much for thinking of the babies and children who spend time with us – it was very kind of you.”
Steve Brooks (KRA) said:
“Kingsway Residents Association’ would like to take this opportunity toward thanking all those who took part in the event – along with those within our community who made donations for such a worthy cause – raising £811.30, and gifts for the children of: Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Foundation Trust Children’s Ward.”
You can see more pictures from the event in our Kingsway Carols – 2013 Gallery.