Newbury Racecourse hosts party to thank Covid Vaccination Centre volunteers
More than 250 volunteers and NHS staff gathered at Newbury Racecourse last weekend to celebrate the success of the Vaccination Centre, which was in operation earlier this year.
The evening was sponsored by various local firms, including Newbury Building Society and Gardner Leader, as well as Greenham Trust.
During the evening doctors from two of the nine practices involved in the setting up of the centre – Dr Ellora Evans from Hungerford and Dr Rachel Sylvester from Thatcham – thanked all the volunteers for their efforts in keeping the centre running smoothly.
A standing ovation was also given to the three NHS staff who were instrumental in the setting up and da- to-day running of the hub, Carolyn Gregory, Laura Hutchinson and Jo Reeves.
Mrs Bev Cross and her husband Jon, who organised and co-ordinated the volunteers, were given a special presentation, including a book with thank you messages and pictures from the 400 plus volunteers and staff.
Mrs Cross said: "In January these people came out and put their health on the line to help others. They are from all walks of life and all ages – there was a phenomenal team spirit."
Mrs Cross said that Saturday evening's event, which was themed 'A Day at the Races', was a way of saying thank you to all those involved and it was great to see so many people there. She also said that guests at the event had all been double jabbed and taken a lateral flow test on the day of the party to ensure it was Covid-free.
During the course of the evening the yellow signs that directed people to the centre were auctioned off and raised around £700, which was donated to the Just Giving page of volunteer Callum Yates, who is raising money for Cancer Research.
Mrs Cross added: "It was a lovely happy evening, quite emotional with some tears. But every one of the volunteers should be really proud of themselves."