August ‘giving month’ to replace hospital fete

Croft Road pop-up shop, raffle and supermarket collections will keep the funds flowing

An August ‘giving month’ has been arranged to keep funds flowing to support Crowborough Hospital following the cancellation of the annual Bank Holiday Hospital Fete due to the Covid-19 emergency.  A town centre pop-up shop will be the centrepiece of the Hospital Friends’ efforts with additional funds being raised by a raffle and two supermarket collections.

Thanks to the generosity of the owner, Mr Mahendra Sharma, the Hospital Friends are opening a shop in the vacated part of Chappell’s pharmacy and health food store in Croft Road. It will be open from 10.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday, starting on Saturday 1st August until Saturday 30th August. Visitors will be able to buy the wide range of goods normally sold by the Friends’ shop at the hospital including, homemade preserves, hand-knitted children’s clothes and keenly priced greetings cards.

Two town centre supermarkets are supporting hospital with Waitrose nominating the Friends’ as one of three recipients of its £1,000 charitable giving in August and Morrisons allowing Friends’ volunteers to collect cash donations in store from Saturday 1st August to Friday 7th August.  This will be a great opportunity for the community of Crowborough to donate some of the money they might have spent at the fete.

Friends’ chairman, Chantal Wilson, said: “It is so disappointing that the hospital fete cannot go ahead this year but we still have a great opportunity for the community to show its appreciation of the hospital and raise vital funds.  The Friends’ contribution to the hospital services and equipment is now more important than ever with the NHS being under so much pressure.

“During August I hope everyone will use the new opportunities we have created for giving to the hospital.  I’m sure we can rely on the usual great support we receive from Crowborough people. There is no better time to support your local NHS.”

For more information:  Roger Bishop, Press & Publicity, Friends of Crowborough Hospital. Tel: 07545 294623 or send a note to: