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BEXHILL'S Town Mayor Cllr Simon Elford and his wife and Mayoress Tanya entered into the spirit of the occasion when they joined our officers in carrying out one of the happiest duties of the League's calendar.
His Worship was wearing a Santa hat and the Mayoress some seasonal headgear when they arrived for the traditional Christmas Morning tour of the Irvine Unit.
As usual, League Social Secretary Harriet Chapman had been busy parcelling up gifts for every patient in the unit. Sister Teresa Dann and Charge Nurse Rob Leake, the visitors' guides for the morning, were heading a team caring for virtually a “full house” at the 54-bedded unit. Four patients well enough to be allowed home for the day would receive their League gifts later.
The remainder were either in the central atrium where a decorated Christmas tree stood by the big television showing the Christmas Morning service or in the bedded bays. Headed by League Chairman Cllr Stuart Earl together with hospital Chaplain the Rev Neville Barnett, the party set off with three medical trolleys heavily laden with gifts.
The visitors also included League Vice Chairman Mark Sivyer, President John Dowling and St Stephen's area Secretary Audrey Kerr and her husband Bob.
In one of the loveliest moments of a jolly morning, the visitors were handed a Thank You card just before they left. It read: “To the Friends of Bexhill Hospital. Thank you for the tv! What a lovely surprise. “Many, many thanks from Gwenda, Bay 3. Bed 1.” The League funded the installation of free-to-use televisions at all 54 bedsides in 2011.
On that happy note, the visitors left the busy staff to prepare to serve traditional Christmas lunch of turkey and trimmings throughout the gaily-decorated unit.

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