So much has happened since the Hospital was first opened in 1921 and you can find out more about the history here. 2021 marks the Centenary of Rye Hospital and we celebrated this milestone with a series of events organised by our Friends and Fundraising Committees. Our Chair of Friends, Paula Riley, prepared an exhibition displaying the history of the Hospital which was on display at our Open Days in September.
Our Centenary events were a mixture of social, celebratory and fundraising. We set ourselves the target of raising the remaining £15,000 needed to purchase an Echo Machine so we can provide a diagnostic service for the benefit of our local and wider community. We were delighted to achieve our fundraising target in October so all future donations will be channelled into the purchase of replacement mattresses for our ward. If you would like to contribute, please visit the How to donate area of our Friends page.
Our Centenary Celebrations culminated in an event on Friday 19 November when we held a Celebratory Supper followed by the drawing of our Centenary Raffle and concluded with an Auction of inspiring items (see further details below). We would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful local businesses who donated the following raffle prizes:
1st prize Apple iPad
2nd prizes Sports membership (four months)
Sports membership (two months) donated by Freedom Leisure Rye
3rd prize Overnight stay at The Mermaid Inn
4th prize £100 Voucher to spend in Concepts of Rye
5th prize Mixed case of wine donated by Beaucatcher Wines
Gift Box donated by Wideye
£60 meal vouchers donated by webbe’s at the fish café
Hamper donated by Salt Farm Shop
Rose Gold Pendant with stone setting donated by Simon Milne
Selection of Wild Bird Feeders and Food from The Pette Shoppe
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£20 Beauty Voucher donated by Nineteen Beauty
Selection of Art Supplies donated by Artwrite
Selection of Products from Ethel Loves Me
Bottle of Still Wine donated by Charles Palmer Vineyards
Selection of Products donated by Simply Rye
Voucher for Framed Poster donated by Purdie Gallery
Photocard Session donated by Caroline Everett
Paddleboard Ready to Ride Voucher donated by Rye Watersports
Japanese Gardening Tool Set donated by Crafted Landscapes
Two complimentary tickets for the Kino at Rye
Our raffle has now been drawn and all prizes presented to the lucky recipients. We will be holding our Grand Raffle again in 2022 which will be drawn as usual in the autumn. Further details will follow.
The event was sold out and drew a very generous crowd of bidders, one of whom joined us online using Zoom!
We would like to thank all who joined us in celebrating our Centenary!