Spiderman brushes up on his first aid skills at the NHS 70th anniversary fete held at Ridgewood on Saturday.

More than £700 raised for community first responders at Ridgewood fete

More than £700 was raised to buy equipment for Uckfield’s community first responders at a fete in Ridgewood on Saturday.

The fete was organised by Ben Cox to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and three members St John’s Ambulance were there giving talks and first aid classes.

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NHS fete organiser Ben Cox, right, is pictured with members of St John’s Ambulance who ran first aid classes at the event.

Nigel Sweet Ambulance Technicican for SECAmb, and Unison senior steward and branch communications coordinator, talked to people about life in the ambulance service and gave out NHS 70th birthday mugs and pens.

Uckfield sixth form student Becky Herricks ran an arts section with bubble painting, marbling, NHS pictures and she also did face painting.

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Face-painter Becky Herricks created this spider for Spiderman.

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Another work of art by face-painter Becky Herricks at the NHS 70th anniversary fete at Ridgewood on Saturday.

Community first responder Derek Smith talked about the voluntary work he and other responders do.

He was on call while there and responded when a young man needed medical attention at the Millennium Green, next to the event, waiting with him until an ambulance arrived.


Some of the cakes for sale at the NHS anniversary fete at Ridgewood.

An Uckfield women’s cancer group put on a cake and tea stall which was manned by Helen Cox – Ben’s mum – and Fiona Soutar.

The group helps women deal with life with, or after, cancer, offering a friendly face to talk to over coffee or lunch. Ben said he was proud to have his mum working alongside him to put on the event.

Ria Gerlei, from St Thomas Hospital, London, ran guess-the-bear and guess-the-sweets competitions and talked about life as a nurse, and training to be a nurse.

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Inside Ridgewood Village Hall during the NHS 70th anniversary fete on Saturday.

Ben hosted sports day games such as tug of war, egg and spoon and sack races. The final game was the mega sports day game where medals were presented for first, second and third places.

There was a fancy dress competition with the winner being Lillia Cox-Graham, while the runner-up prize went to Brooker sisters Bonnie and Marley.


Fancy dress competition winner Lillia Cox-Graham.


Uckfield Deputy Mayor Cllr Jackie Love is pictured with runners-up in the fancy dress competition Bonnie and Marley Brooker.

Ben said afterwards that the event was a massive success. He was pleased with the £700 raised and that children were able to learn more about being safe and the work every NHS worker does day to day.

He is hoping to organise more events in Uckfield for the NHS and other things too.

Ben said: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped on the day, but mostly to the women’s cancer group, the St John’s team, Ria Gerlei from St Thomas, Nigel Sweets from Unison, Derek Smith, town councillor Daniel Manvell and Uckfield Labour.”

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