On Wednesday 21st August, RRT Chelmsford were again part of one of the biggest RRT events this year. On this occasion, we were supporting the Mid Essex Hospital Trust Charity at Chelmsford’s local hospital, Broomfield, helping them raise some much needed funds for their current appeals by serving a BBQ lunch to all their hospital staff. It was a great way to thank them for the hard work they do every day too.
RRT volunteers arrived on site between 6:30am and 9:30am to start putting up the marquees, heat the two barbecue trailers and griddles and start getting the food prepared. A marquee was set up to serve the gourmet meals to all those who could leave their wards and get outside to enjoy the lovely summer weather. Another one catered specifically for prearranged bulk orders which were then taken by the runners into the hospital for the doctors and nurses who weren’t able to come outside. The runners delivered over 800 gourmet burger meals and drinks into the hospital for these staff so that they could still enjoy the meal! The food was warmly received, with the queue for the RRT burgers reaching the hospital entrance door 50 metres from where we served the lunch!
Lunch was served between 11:30 and 2pm, with lots of friendly interaction between RRT and the hospital staff, all who were hugely grateful for a ‘free’ BBQ lunch (suggested donations were £1 per meal). RRT ended up serving over 2200 burgers to the staff.
MP for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford, also was invited to attend the event by the RRT, she enthusiastically got involved by putting on a cap and apron and helping to prepare and serve the food to staff for over an hour! She was very supportive of the RRT, saying later on social media how fun the day was, and how she was honoured to be included.
We were also privileged to have the Mayor of Chelmsford, Bob Massey, accept the RRT’s invitation to attend the event, he spoke to the hospital staff and was very supportive of the work RRT were doing on the day. After the event, he commended the RRT for the countless hours and weeks of preparation, saying it was ‘testament to your organisations skills and experience that it was such a success.’
Vicky Ford and Bob Massey also went inside the hospital at the end of the day along with the RRT to finish the day by delivering the well-loved ‘Cookie the Kookaburra’ mascot to children in the Phoenix Ward. The ward was not overly busy at the time, however 9 patients received the soft toy to take home with them when they leave the hospital.
The Fundraising Coordinator of the Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, Charlotte Jefcoate, said ‘It was amazing to see so many members of staff enjoying the delicious food in the sunshine, this would never happen normally!’
Huge thank you the many RRT helpers who made this day such a success.