By Steve Thomas

Observer Nevis Editor

(Charlestown, Nevis) – For over 30 years, the members of the Alexandra Hospital Auxiliary Society have worked to raise money for the medical facility and the adjacent infirmary, the Flamboyant Nursing Home.

But why do all that hard work?

“The joy of serving,” auxiliary member Florence Podd said.

The group held its annual Fun Fair last week, which had a wide variety of activities including the sale of plants, cakes, books, household goods, a dance group from the Ivor Walters Primary School, hot dogs and a bounce castle from the youngsters, a tea provided by Four Seasons Resort, medical students providing blood pressure and diabetes checks, a raffle and lunch.

“This year I think it was successful,” auxiliary president Claristine Claxton said. “We hope to continue to work diligently as a group for the hospital.”

The money raised this year is designated for the purchase of devices to aid those with respiratory problems. Last year, the auxiliary raised $57,000 to buy a machine to monitor the body’s vital signs.

Over the years, the auxiliary has made many contributions to the hospital and infirmary, including purchasing bedside tables for the Flamboyant Nursing Homes, adding a private room to the hospital, painting wards, holding bingo games for patients and many other endeavours.

“Anybody may need the hospital,” Mrs. Claxton said. So when the auxiliary makes improvements, “the better it is for everyone,” she said.

The Fun Fair and other activities owe thanks to many volunteers, Mrs. Claxton said, including committee members Constance Tyrell, Andrea Kaye, Inez Tyrell, Rosemary Sullivan and Clara Walters.

The auxiliary not only raises funds through the Fun Fair, but it offers memberships for $20 and accepts donations, she said.

For more information about the auxiliary, call 469-5631 or 469-5754 or write the auxiliary via Mrs. Claxton at P.O. Box 214, Charlestown, Nevis.