Milford Hospital League of Friends’ held Summer Garden Party & Strawberry Cream Tea last weekend.
The event raised the astonishing sum of £1,760 in the grounds of Milford War Memorial Hospital on the first Saturday in August.
The sum raised was over double that of some previous years, and the community of Milford on Sea are to be thanked for their generous support in helping to raise funds for use by the community nurses, medical centre and of course the new Frailty Service, whose vehicle for this area has been fitted out with medical equipment purchased with the £16,000 donated by the League of Friends.
Over 200 people enjoyed the strawberry cream tea afternoon, and spent generously on buying gifts, toys, books and cakes, and trying the tombola and raffle. The kids’ games, and ice creams, also drew generous customers.
Generous too were the important event sponsors; Faros Restaurant, and New Forest Fruit Company of Beaulieu who donated the strawberries, Rodda’s who donated the Cornish clotted cream, and Tiptree who gave the jams.
The cream teas fairly flew out of the kitchen into the gardens, and people were able to enjoy an afternoon of lovely live music by the Two Mikes, and also the beautiful duet singing of mother-and-daughter duo The Jems.
The weather kept fine, and the volunteers kept working, and a thoroughly happy and the productive afternoon closed with League of Friends’ chairman Julie Badham appealing for continuing support from the community for the much-valued War Memorial Hospital.
She said it was only through community support that the League was able to raise the funds, and so provide help back into the community : “local services for local people”.