Four women officially opening the Kempsey Spring Fair.

At the official opening of the Spring Fair were Pink Lady & UHA member Colleen Waterson, Executive Officer Katie Croad, UHA Patron & former Director of Nursing Betty Green and UHA President Maxine Walker.

Kempsey hospital spring fair brings community together

Sep 26, 2023

The strength and spirit of the Kempsey community were on show for all to see on Saturday, 16 September, when thousands of residents descended on their local public hospital for a fundraiser that left organisers gobsmacked.

The Kempsey District Hospital and United Hospital Auxiliary Spring Fair looks to have raised more than $12,000, a fundraising tally that has eclipsed UHA President Maxine Walker’s wildest dreams.

“We were obviously hoping all the hard work in the lead-up to the fete would pay off, but when the crowds started arriving on Saturday, I couldn’t believe it,” Ms Walker said.

“There is such a strong sense of community in the Macleay, and, in the end, that’s what this hospital fete was all about.

“Every business owner, every supplier, every stallholder, and every visitor can take a bow because they all played a part in making the 2023 hospital fete the best ever!

“This valley is amazing!”

Director of Nursing/Executive Officer Katie Croad said she was humbled by the show of support.

“I don’t know how we can thank those involved, but I can assure everyone who got behind the hospital fete that every dollar raised will support our patients through improved hospital equipment.

“There are so many people to thank, but I really need to start with the United Hospital Auxiliary – its president Maxine Walker and her UHA members and general volunteers. They worked tirelessly, knocking on doors looking for raffle and auction prizes, significantly contributing to the final tally. These generous volunteers are the real architects of the success of this event.

“A big thank you to every business who supported the fete, and a special mention to Bunnings. They have partnered with the volunteers and our hospital on a few projects now, and their support was greatly appreciated on fete day.

“Community groups also rallied, not only with donations but they turned up on the day to supervise stalls, flip snags and serve scones – a special mention to Kempsey Rotary and Kempsey West Rotary, CWA, Lions, U3A Garden Club and Tank FM radio, who broadcast live with interviews every 15 minutes.

“Our staff, especially our fete committee, also burnt the midnight oil, making sure the day would go smoothly, so to each and every one of them, we owe you a debt of gratitude.

“Finally, I want the Kempsey community to know how proud we are to provide quality healthcare to you, your friends and family.

“We are humbled by your resolute support of our public hospital and the healthcare professionals who work hard to provide you with the best care possible.”

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