Entertainer helps Bognor Regis hospital

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CHILDREN’s entertainer Nick Clark conjured up a magical act to thank Bognor Regis’ hospital for saving his son’s life.

Nick performed for free at Saturday’s annual hospital fete, for the fundraising of its Friends’ charity, for an audience of dozens of children and adults.

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Bognor resident Nick, 40, said: “I’m happy to support the war memorial hospital. They saved my son for me and I donate my performance to them for that reason.

“My son, Finley, who’s now seven, had severe croup when he was about two. The staff here were absolutely fantastic. This is my way of thanking them.”

It was the third year semi-professional entertainer Nick, a former circus performer, had appeared at the fete.

He was joined on the entertainment schedule at last Saturday’s fete by the Bognor RAFA Skiffle Band who played for two hours. Singer Stacey Turner also kept the audience entertained.

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Well over a thousand people filled the hospital’s grounds on Shripney Road for the afternoon fundraiser.

Debbie Beach, the Friends’ secretary, said she hoped the total raised would beat the £5,500 from last year.

“The fete has gone very well and people have been very generous,” she said. “The people who are here really want to support the hospital.”

Other attractions included book and clothes stalls, bric-a-bric, flowers, cream teas and a barbecue. The fete’s proceeds will buy specialist equipment for the hospital’s patients unavailable on the NHS.

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Among those who backed the event was Christine Orme, 66, of Felpham, with donations - like handbags, paintings and new shoes - for the stalls. “This is about the fifth time I’ve been here with my husband,” she said.

“His mother was rehabilitated here after a stroke. She had wonderful care. It’s a terrific hospital and an essential part of our community.”

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