Late during 2012, the Friends were honoured to receive a small legacy of just over £40,000 and this sum, added to all the monies raised since 1976, achieved a Million Pounds! The greater part of these monies went to help fund the building of the new Day Care Treatment and Therapy Centre a few years ago and more recently helped fund the new Gainsborough Suite.
In order to celebrate the event, the Friends’ Committee invited all their regular subscribers together with the All Hallows Healthcare Trust Staff, all our Volunteers and all the other kind people who have constantly helped over the years, to a Million Pound Celebration on the 18th May. Mr. Harald Pulford the Friends’ Life President, began the evening and spoke of the Friends’ activities through the years and then introduced Miss Helen Fraser, (Bodybag Hollamby in 93 episodes of Bad Girls, the long running TV series) who kindly came along and opened our event.
Helen expressed her amazement at All Hallows – she hadn’t heard of us and after a lightning tour of the hospital upon her arrival, she spoke to our guests saying how fortunate local people were to have All Hallows Hospital and Nursing Home in the area. She urged everyone to support All Hallows in any way they could in order to keep it going as well as it does. Helen was presented with a basket of flowers by the Bungay Town Reeve, Mr. Richard Cundy after which she mingled with the guests chatting to everyone before sitting down and enjoying her supper.
There was a delicious barbecue with lots of salads followed by mouth watering desserts and a huge pile of fruit. A licensed bar and a soft drinks bar were available and the Castleton Brass Band entertained everyone splendidly in the beautiful hospital grounds. Our own All Hallows Jams and Chutneys were also available for those who wished to purchase. A marquee containing lots of photographs taken at our events over the years brought back wonderful memories.
Whilst the weather could have been a little warmer, it didn’t rain and the atmosphere was very informal and pleasant. Sitting in beautiful surroundings listening to the brass band was just the thing for an early summer’s evening.