In a heartwarming return to pre-pandemic festivities, The League of Friends to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) hosted their highly anticipated annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, 8th December 2023, in the hospital’s main entrance.
The resounding success of this event saw a remarkable turnout of over 1000 attendees, including volunteers, entertainers, businesses, staff, and generous supporters, all coming together to recreate the magic of this beloved tradition. The Christmas Bazaar not only brought immense joy but also raised an impressive £3000 in funds, dedicated to supporting crucial hospital projects that benefit staff, patients and their families.
Guests were treated to a festive wonderland featuring more than 30 stalls brimming with delightful goodies, captivating games, and unique gifts. The day was further elevated by enchanting live performances from Clive Hand Bell Ringers and an ensemble of local choirs, including Gobowen Primary School, Our Lady & St Oswald’s, Moreton Hall School, Morda CE Primary, Bryn Offa Primary, Whittington School, and the Ladies Orthopaedic Choir.
Adding an extra touch of holiday magic, the Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club made a special appearance, bringing along none other than Father Christmas himself, who arrived with his sleigh to the delight of younger attendees with the gift of a Build-a-Bear teddy for every child attending, kindly donated by Build-a-Bear Foundation.
Adding to the enchantment of the Christmas Bazaar, Santa’s merry little helpers, affectionately known as the “The League of Elves,” knitted pink sprites who paid a surprise visit, courtesy of the talented local group Crafty Knitters. These whimsical elves were zip-wired gracefully through the festively decorated foyer, which was a great deal of fun for all concerned.
Victoria Sugden, League of Friends Charity Director, expressed her gratitude, saying, “This year’s Christmas Bazaar was a fantastic collaboration between our dedicated volunteers, Friends staff, and various hospital departments. We extend our sincere thanks to the Estates, Facilities, and Catering teams who went above and beyond to ensure the event’s success.”
Victoria also noted, “We were particularly touched by the presence of patients and their relatives.”
In closing, Victoria added, “Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our fundraising branches, stall holders, and our incredible volunteers, whose tireless dedication made this festive event a tremendous success.”
The return of the Christmas Bazaar signifies a heart-warming step toward normalcy, and The League of Friends looks forward to continuing their mission of supporting RJAH and spreading the joy of the season in the years to come.