A SPECTACULAR turnout of 1,500 visitors made this year’s Friends of Solihull Hospital (FOSH) Summer Fete a great success.
Over £5,700 was raised to buy equipment for the hospital, thanks to commitment and generosity of local people, volunteers and businesses.
The annual event, held this year on Saturday (June 3), was blessed with lovely weather and saw a record turnout manage to make its way through over £1,000 of burgers, hot dogs and homemade cakes.
Over 1,295 raffle tickets were purchased with FOSH chairman Liz Steventon drawing the winners.
This year’s fete was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull, Stuart Davis and Sarah Walker.
Entertainment included the Birmingham Pipes and Drums alongside dance, martial arts and dog training displays as well as the always popular children’s races.
This year, a team of 32 volunteers were responsible for organising the event, which depend on the support of local people and businesses.
There was a wide range of Solihull businesses supporting the charity and contributing prizes to the raffle including ASDA Shirley, Barclays and The Beech House.
“I’m always really amazed by what we can achieve,” said Liz Steventon, Chairman of FOSH.
“The community continues to give us so much support and so much energy. It really makes a difference.”
This year’s fete marks the start of a year in which FOSH is the chosen charity for Marks and Spencer on Sears Retail Park. The next event for FOSH is a collection weekend at the store on July 14 and 15.
If you want to volunteer or support the Friends of Solihull Hospital contact Liz Steventon at [email protected] or follow FOSH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofsolihullhospital