30 May 2024

Folk club honours Bob with hospital fundraiser

by Sam Hawcroft

A Kilnsea-based folk club has raised money to buy much-needed chairs for Castle Hill Hospital’s high observation room to mark two major milestones for one of its veteran members.

Bob Parkes, who celebrated his 85th birthday at the Beggar’s Folk Club last week, has been given the all-clear after undergoing three major operations for cancer.

He was so pleased with the treatment he received while at Castle Hill that he asked the folk club, which recently moved to the Crown and Anchor in Kilnsea, if its members could do anything for ward 16.

Folk club organiser Kevin Young said: “We asked them if there was anything that they really needed on the ward, and they told us that they had set up a high observation room and would love to have a recliner chair so they could get patients up and moving sooner.

“They told us the exact chair that they wished for and we at the Beggar’s set about raising the money needed. The support that we got in Bob’s name was tremendous, raising over £600. They had two beds in the high observation room, and the Beggar’s made up the amount raised and bought two reclining chairs at a cost of £750.”