Back prior to the start of Covid lockdowns in 2020, representatives of the Wellington Hospital Chaplaincy Trust, held fund-raising stalls 2 or 3 times a year. The stalls were at the Thorndon Famers’ Market based in the Cathedral carpark in Hill St. The stalls had contributed to raise funds for the Chaplaincy Trust also raised awareness of the invaluable role of the Chaplains who care holistically for the patients and staff at Wellington Hospital.
At the January 2023 WHCT Board meeting it was decided to hold a post-Covid restart of the stall as a trial. Carole, the trust secretary, liaised with the Market organising committee for a start date of 1st April.
We were delighted that Rosemary, a previous long-standing volunteer, was able to once again help us with her delicious baking supplemented by baked items from other committee members. As she was unable to attend personally, Trust past president Margaret arranged for her friend Patsey to deliver her amazing pickles, jams, and chutneys to the stall.
We gathered early on the Saturday morning to set up, and we were very relieved that the predicted forecast for rain and cool temperatures thankfully did not eventuate – an answer to our prayers.
The Trust stall – with its collection of amazing produce, was warmly welcomed back by the organising committee and the public. Overall, it was a very successful outing and our great thanks go to everyone who helped.
We are looking forward to repeating the exercise with a Christmas stall at the market.