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Our Charity and Voluntary Services teams' day at the market

Date: 07 May 2022

SCFT Charity and Voluntary Services at Arundel Market

On Saturday 16 April, Sussex Community NHS Charity, our Trust’s official charity, partnered up with SCFT Voluntary Services team to host a stall at Arundel Farmers' Market.

The Charity’s Fundraising Manager, Rosie Gratwick, along with Voluntary and Community Development Manager, Fiona May, set up stall to chat to locals about the opportunities available to support Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s services across Sussex, with a special focus on Arundel and District Community Hospital.

The sunny morning enticed hundreds of visitors to the town, where the two teams met individuals from across West Sussex and beyond - many of whom had been positively impacted by the Trust’s services.

“Although public awareness of NHS charities increased during the pandemic, many still don’t know about how their local NHS services, hospitals and clinics are improved and supported by NHS charities like us – and thus how they can give back if they want to,” said Rosie.

Fiona joined the Voluntary Services team with the purpose of recruiting volunteers to help at Arundel and District Community Hospital. During the pandemic volunteers were unable to be on the wards, but now that it is possible for the roles to resume, the team are looking for volunteers at the hospital.

“For this reason, I am reaching out to residents in Arundel and surrounding areas to gain support for our work. Arundel Farmers’ Market seemed a good opportunity to kick off this programme,” Fiona said.

There are lots of ways to get involved that will support our Trust. Whether you can support our clinical teams by volunteering in a discharge support role, as a ward helper or as mealtime support at Arundel and District Community Hospital or support our charity by making a donation or offering corporate support (such as holding a collection tin or choosing us as your Charity Of The Year). You could even sign up to take part in a fundraising activity, such as the upcoming Walk For Wards!

“As an Arundel resident myself, it was a lovely experience to chat to neighbours about the charity and hear about their motivation to support us and their ideas. It was also a privilege for me to work with a new colleague within the volunteering team at the Trust and learn more about the incredible volunteer program they deliver,” Rosie said.

If you would like to learn more about Sussex Community Charity and how you can get involved, visit our website.

Find out more about becoming a volunteer with our Trust.