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Howrah’s High Tea for hospital

HOWRAH Auxiliary of the Royal Hobart Hospital has hosted a High Tea event to raise funds for a new fold-up sofa bed in the Peacock Building.

The event was a lovely afternoon of good food, drink, and local entertainment.

All of the food was homemade by members of the Auxiliary and included sandwiches, cakes, slices, tarts, muffins and more.

The entertainment was a line-up of local performers, including Scott Hunt, Pip Tyrell, Helen Edwards, Fay Gregory and Philip Crouch.

There were around 140 attendees to the event, all of whom enjoyed all the pleasantries of the afternoon.

This is the first High Tea event the Auxiliary have run, in the past they have run other events including fashion parades.

President Jacqui Crouch said the inspiration for the High Tea was from her own love of the event.

“I hadn’t heard of the Auxiliary having done a High Tea event before, so I thought we should give it a go,” she said.

“Once we know how this year’s event goes, we will look to perhaps hold another event in the coming years.”

Auxiliary member and vice secretary Julee Massie said the event had taken a lot of organisation and planning to put together.

“It’s a lot of hard work, getting together all of the old fashioned plates and stands and things like that, and making it all look pretty,” she said.

Ms Crouch said the whole of the Auxiliary had banded together for this event, putting in time to make sure it came together smoothly.

“Without the support of all Auxiliary members, we wouldn’t have this event,” she said.

Word of mouth techniques were used to distribute flyers about the event around the Eastern Shore, and Auxiliary members had contacted local clubs, friends and family to rally interest.

Since 2013, the Howrah Auxiliary has raised more than $16,000 for the Royal Hobart Hospital, which has been used for the purchase of items such as a blanket warming cabinet, blood reading monitors, wheelchairs and i-Pad software.

The Auxiliary members will continue to raise money to buy items needed to assist with patient care at the Royal.

The Howrah Auxiliary’s next major event is an afternoon tea and performance of ‘Holiday Hi Jinks’ by the Howrah Royals in April 2019.

The Auxiliary is always looking for new members and volunteers.

If you are interested, or would like to know more, contact president Jacqui Crouch on 6244 3194.

Caption: From left, Fay Gregory, Meta Eberle, Jacqui Crouch, Jan Dedaan and Julee Massie of Howrah Auxiliary.