THE League of Friends to Gobowen’s Orthopaedic Hospital held their annual Christmas Bazaar in the main entrance of the hospital last week.

The popular event which attended by more than 1,000 people, and organisers have hailed the day a tremendous success, raising £5,000 to help fund projects around the hospital supporting patients.

Visitors were able to browse more than 30 stalls consisting of goodies, games and gifts.

Festive entertainment was also provided by hand bell ringers and an array of local choirs; Gobowen Primary School, Our Lady and St Oswald’s, Moreton Hall School and the Ladies Orthopaedic Choir.

Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club brought along Father Christmas and his sleigh, providing some festive magic for the Bazaar’s younger attendees.

Victoria Sugden, League of Friends Charity Director, was pleased to see the hard work of the volunteers pay off once again to provide such a fun event.

“This year’s Christmas Bazaar was a fantastic collaboration between volunteers, Friends staff and hospital departments,” she said.

“We are particularly grateful to the Estates, Facilities and Catering teams who pulled out all the stops to make the event successful.

“We were especially pleased that patients and their relatives came to the Bazaar including those that were in beds, thanks to the staff who went to the effort to make this possible.

“I’d also like to thank our fundraising branches, stall holders and all of our wonderful volunteers for all their hard work.”