Crowds flock to GWH Open Day

Posted: September 27, 2011

Event raises thousands for GWH Charitable Funds

The public got a chance to look behind the scenes at the Great Western Hospital at the Trust's Open Day on Saturday, 17th September 2011.

The free event, from 10am-3pm, drew in around 300 people to a host of displays and demonstrations for all the family, both inside and outside the hospital.

Tours of hospital areas filled up fast, with visitors able to discover for themselves what happens in the Theatres, Cardiac Catheter Laboratory, Radiology and Plant Room and saw the Pharmacy Robot in action.

Fifty fundraisers took part in a 90ft charity abseil off the hospital roof and friends and relatives watched their progress from a special viewing area below.

There was entertainment throughout the day with music from local band Saga Louts and jive dancing. The Swindon Town FC Community Programme hosted a target shooting competition to win a signed Swindon Town football. 

There were some fantastic raffle prizes to be won including a golf day, a photo session, a Dyson Ball vacuum cleaner and a signed Swindon Town FC shirt. 

On the day £1,076 was raised for the White Horse Birth Centre and a further £6,000 from the abseil.

The money raised will go to the GWH's Charitable Funds which goes towards equipment and facilities not typically funded by the NHS.

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