National Elf Service
Friday 20th December 2019
Christmas came early to Queen Victoria Hospital when last week (Friday 13 December) staff donned all manner of festive knits and attire to support a fundraising day in aid of its charity – QVH Charity. And what could be more fitting than calling it a National Elf Service Day!
As well as dusting off their Christmas casuals or their most elf inspired clothing, staff had the opportunity to take part in a variety of festive fundraisers including the largest cake sale the hospital has ever seen! Staff from the Crowne Plaza Felbridge also came along to show their support with some mini activities, as well as The Book People running a festive shopping stall. And whilst staff directly treating and caring for patients couldn’t wear jumpers whilst on duty, they were seen sporting them to and from work, or donning their most festive socks.
And it wasn’t just hospital staff getting involved in the National Elf Service festivities. Students and staff at Imberhorne School held their own Christmas jumper day, with Sackville also holding a day at the end of term – both in aid of QVH Charity.
Camilla Slattery, Head of Fundraising for QVH Charity, said: “It was great to see so many staff taking part in our first National Elf Service Day, and also the support we were given by patients who thought it was a brilliant idea. The money raised from our festive fundraiser will help us support a range of projects at Queen Victoria Hospital, such as equipment not routinely funded by the NHS, which will be used by our incredible clinicians as they help rebuild lives each day.”