TODDLERS and teenagers singing festive carols at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Christmas Fair helped to raise £1074.52 for patients and their families.

Youngsters from Busy Bees Nursery and St Bernard’s Catholic High School sang yuletide tunes as volunteers, colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Unison Rotherham joined forces to sell cakes, hand-made crafts, cards, decorations, Christmas trees, gifts and books.

Santa checked off his ‘naughty and nice’ list before switching on the Christmas tree lights at Rotherham Hospital alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Councillor Alan and Sandra Buckley, and the Chairman of the Trust, Martin Havenhand.

They were joined by professional crafters Nicola Holmshaw from Pixie Drew, who sold customised vintage china and Christmas cards, and also a florist and wreath-maker Dale Evers.

Carol singers light up Charity Christmas Fair

Martin Havenhand said: “We hoped our Charity Christmas Fair would help raise the spirits of our patients and their families at what can be a difficult time of year for many people, especially if they are spending time in hospital away from their loved ones.

“The children from both schools sang beautifully and really helped to kick off the festive season in style.

“Thank you to all our volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, to our amazing Santa and everyone who donated cakes, gifts, raffle prizes or selection boxes and to everyone who attended – we really appreciate it.”

All the money raised at the event on 4 December will help the Charity to fund equipment, resources and projects which benefit patients and their families cared for in the community and at Rotherham Hospital.

Cllr Alan Buckley added: “It was a real honour for Sandra and me to switch on the Christmas tree lights at Rotherham Hospital and to be able to hear the children sing carols so wonderfully. They should feel really proud of themselves, especially the youngsters from St Bernard’s who did solo songs. I’m sure it will be something we will look back on fondly after our year as Mayor and Mayoress come to an end.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via