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Posted on Dec 8 2022 by Fiona Bailey

This week’s patient Christmas party was “the best event that has ever been held” at St Andrew’s Healthcare, according to feedback reported by staff and patients.

The first festive event to be held since the lifting of Covid restrictions did not disappoint; hundreds of people turned up to the German Market themed event, and enjoyed live music and activities. Two reindeer were also in attendance, and a Christmas land train helped people to get to the event from across the 140 acres of our hospital site.

Party-goers were treated to face painting and nail decoration, courtesy of the REDS Academy team and Vicky Kelly respectively, and a caricaturist. There were also several retail stalls in place, meaning attendees could take advantage and do some Christmas shopping.  

Father Christmas was there meeting patients and handing out small presents while revellers ate bratwurst sausages and non-alcoholic mulled wine.

CEO Dr Vivienne McVey joined the St Andrew’s choir – the Patchwork Singers - who sang Christmas songs, and in between their sessions professional singer Jennah took to the stage to belt out more festive tunes.

Greg Floyd and our Arts team were also on hand, introducing several patients to the music tent where they performed in front of the audience who were keen to hear what they have been working on.

One patient, who had come down during their Grounds Leave, explained how much fun they had had at the party and insisted it was the “best event that has ever been held” at the mental health charity.

Another patient commented on the food saying it was “really tasty” and another person said that the whole event had felt like “Christmas had really begun”.