Busy fund-raising year for hospital Friends

THE FRIENDS of the Susan Carnegie Centre have had a busy year since the facilities from Sunnyside Royal Hospital moved to a new purpose-built centre at Stracathro.

Since the move to the new unit, named after Susan Carnegie who founded the original hospital in Montrose in 1781, the Friends have provided some bird feeding stations for the garden areas and as well as the birds enjoying these facilities, the patients also benefit from being able to observe their avian antics.

Other projects have included the provision of exercise equipment, funding of a musical afternoon for Willow and Rowan wards, supplying a regular basket of fresh fruit to Mulberry ward and a donation has been made to the Munro Day Care Unit to buy craftwork equipment.

Members have also made a donation towards a sensory garden at the Inchcape Unit in Arbroath and helped celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with tasty celebration cakes for each of the wards.

As a group, the Friends continue to fund-raise to add to the comfort and well-being of the patients and are indebted to all the generous people and local businesses in Montrose and district who continue so unstintingly to support their efforts.

The Friends’ next fund-raiser will take place next Saturday, December 8, when they will hold their annual Christmas coffee morning in the Old and St Andrew’s Church hall when coffee and Christmas mince pies will be available.