AFRICAN drummers, a silent auction and a marching band were just a few of the entertainments at The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s annual open day.
The event is held each year to celebrate the service background of many of the hospital home’s residents.
The grounds of Gifford House were full with a marching display by the Band of the Adjutant General’s Corps, a performance by Worthing High School’s African drumming group, a plant sale, home-made cakes for a sale, a barbecue and silent auction.
Famous disc jockey David Jacobs also attended the event to announce the winners of the grand-prize draw and visitors got the opportunity to meet original forces sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn DBE, as she signed autographs.
Dame Vera was also presented with a special cake, made in her honour by specialist Brighton chocolatiers, ChoccyWoccyDooDah, and the cake was then shared with residents and sold off to the public for a small donation.
Jennifer Hanraads, the charity’s relationships officer, said: “We would like to thank our main sponsors, Thomas Eggar LLP, all of our volunteers, all of the businesses who donated cakes, plants and prizes for our stalls and helped to make this special day for our residents a huge success.”
The event has raised more than £9,000 for the charity – all of which will go directly towards the care and rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen and women.