The Children's Development Centre (CDC) based at Nottingham City Hospital, part of the Trust, raised £800 at its family fun day on Sunday.
Animal petting from Zoe's Petting Zoo, face painting, crafts, cakes and tombola were just some of the attractions of offer, as well as guest appearances from Cinderella, Spiderman and Frozen's Olaf by Butterfly Effex. The children also enjoyed an opportunity to sit in a fire engine, courtesy of Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. There was fun for the adults too; a champagne raffle organised by the Fireplace and Stove Shop in Beeston raised an impressive £100!
All the businesses that attended gave their time either for free or at a largely discounted cost with additional donations.
Approximately 150 people attended the day including staff, children and families that attend the centre as well as the public.
The CDC supports children and young people with complex health needs, including those in need of tracheotomy care, oxygen therapy and end of life care. The centre also provides a range of day and overnight short breaks for children and young people with severe physical and learning disabilities, including life limiting conditions.
Proceeds from the day will go towards improving the centre for the children who attend. It will help to buy new toys and technology as well as fund future outings.
The day was organised by Zoe Walters, Short Breaks and Community Staff Nurse, with help from colleagues at the CDC. Speaking afterwards, Zoe said:
“What an amazing day! A massive thank you everyone who helped during the day; all the local business and the unbelievable donations from everyone who came to support our fantastic cause.”
Tina Porter, who attends the centre's Parent Support Group with her daughter Mary, enjoyed the day with her two other children. Tina said: “The kids had a great time and won so many things! It was a great turn out. Zoe did a wonderful job organising it. I look forward to the next one!”
See the photos from the day on our Facebook Page.