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Family Fun Day at Priestfield makes over ten thousand pounds for local hospital children's ward

The club is delighted to reveal that over £10k was raised during Saturday's Family Fun Day at Priestfield.

15 May 2023

Over 3000 people attended Saturday's Family Fun Day at ME7, with over ten thousand pounds raised for the children's ward at the local Hospital.

The Football Club is delighted to announce that Saturday's Family Fun Day at MEMS Priestfield Stadium has raised close to £10,500 for the children's ward at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The event, organised by Ann McKinnon and various volunteers on behalf of NHS Medway, saw over 3000 people come through the gates at Priestfield where live entertainment was on stage, a penalty shootout competition on offer, a tombola, and a chance to meet `Mister Maker` - Phil Gallagher. 

Several stalls were set up in the Great Hall with food available in the car park, and the piano bar open for refreshments. Princesses proved popular for photo opportunities, with a face painter also occupying space in our corporate reception area.

And, for those who are not too squeamish, creepy crawlies were also on show in one of our function rooms. A raffle rounded off proceedings. 

In addition the club's "Player of the Year" Glenn Morris paid a visit, as did Head of Recruitment Andy Hessenthaler. And, of course, our popular mascots, Tommy and Tammy, also popped by to say hello to have pictures taken with hundreds of kids.

Ann McKinnon, one of the main organisers and Hospital Play Specialist, said: "Organising an event of this size is a team effort and I could not have done this without an amazing support network.

"Special thanks to Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) for opening the event and spending the day meeting fans and to everyone at Gillingham Football Club for their assistance in helping put the event together, and having staff available on the day. 

"We were delighted to see so many people and we raised an awful lot of money for the children's ward. A huge thanks to those who made it happen." 

Andy Hessenthaler said: "The event was brilliantly organised and we were delighted so many people attended to support, what is, a great cause.

"Thanks to everyone for coming, a huge thanks to the organisers and staff who gave up their valuable time and it was very pleasing to hear so much money had been raised."


Photos: Kent Pro Images

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