WEEKLY car boot sales at the Countess of Chester Hospital have now raised an massive £1 million for the hospital.
Sue Elphick, who lives in Handbridge, suggested holding a one-off car boot sale in 1989 to raise cash for the hospital’s scanner appeal.
But the sale proved so popular that Sue and her team of volunteers and hospital support staff are still running the Sunday morning car boots 24 years later.
Donations from the sales hit the £1 million mark on Sunday, June 9.
Janet Ratcliffe, fundraising manager at the Countess, said: “This is an incredible achievement and on behalf of all the patients, their families and hospital staff that have benefited as a result of Sue’s hard work, enthusiasm and dedication, I would like to offer our sincere thanks.”
Income from the car boot sales has supporter a number of major appeals at the Countess, including the breast care appeal, the B Positive appeal and the current Babygrow appeal which aims to raise £3 million to build a neo-natal unit.
Donations have also been used to buy a range of medical and non-medical equipment to improve the experience of patients, including wheelchairs, toys, televisions, artwork, cots, couches and books.
Sue has supported the Countess in numerous ways and serves as an elected governor of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
She was awarded an MBE in 2002 for her charitable work and services to the Countess.
Sue said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that she would still be organising the sales 24 years later following that first sale which hugely exceeded what we expected to raise for the charity.
“I am thrilled by the ongoing success of the car boot sale which, as well as raising much needed funds for the enhancement of patient care at the hospital, brings a great deal of pleasure to stall holders and customers alike.
“Long may it continue.”
The car boot sales are held every Sunday between March and November, and start at 6am before finishing around lunchtime.