Villages’ help for hospital

A SCHEME that encourages village’s to support Scarborough Hospital has collected more than £3,000 for the cause.

The Scarborough Hospital Village Gift Day has now raised a total of £3,231 for the hospital.

The scheme began in 1923, before the National Health Service, when school children collected groceries on ‘pound day’.

They collected pounds of sugar, flour and other foods for the hospital.

With the onset of war and rationing people instead donated eggs and the scheme was hailed Egg Day.

In 1976 the charity was re-named Village Gift Day, with people now preferring to donate money.

All proceeds from the collection are spent on patient comfort at the hospital.

The villages which have this year taken part either in the collection, or by holding a function, are Flixton, Staxton, Burniston, Harwood Dale, Cloughton, Silpho, Crossgates, Hutton Buscel, Snainton and Broxa.