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Updated 22nd March

Generous Donation from The Works

Friends of Dr Gray's is very grateful to the Elgin branch for their recent generous donation, including childrens' educational, story and colouring books, some of which will be used by patients in the Paediatric ward. A big thank you to all involved!

New Committee

Following a long fallow period due to the pandemic, and the departure of several members, a 'refreshed' Committee was established at a special meeting at the end of November (details here), and held its first formal meeting on the 20th. 

Friends of Dr Gray's Committee is very grateful to those who have stepped down for their support and input over the past 3 years, particularly Tim Wakefield, our first Chairman and the driving force behind our establishment. We also welcome our new members, and thank them for 'stepping up' and enabling our work to continue.

2022

World Parkinson's Day Lighting - 12th April

A few photos from over the weekend. A big thank you to the Estates department at Dr Gray's, particularly Hammy!

2021

Lossiemouth Garage Collection - 1st September

The Harbour Garage has had one of our collection 'buckets' on the counter for the past few months, which has raised just over

                                                                   £290

 

A big thank you to John Thomson, his staff and all their customers for their generosity.

Elgin Senior Schoolboy's Donation  -  28th August

When 16 year old Elgin Academy pupil Fraser Sandison's plans for an educational trip to Costa Rica earlier this summer were scuppered by the Covid pandemic, he decided to donate some of the money he had raised towards it to Friends of Dr Gray's, and today handed over a cheque for

£250

 

to Liz Tait and Dr Ken Brown of the Committee in front of the original building. We are very grateful to Fraser for his thoughtful and generous contribution.

Major Anonymous Donation  -  13th March

Friends of Dr Gray's is delighted and extremely grateful to have received an anonymous donation of

    £12,000

which brings the total raised so far to over £42,000!  This will absolutely guarantee that the clock refurbishment can proceed as planned, and the Committee will soon begin looking at other projects within the Hospital, as well as continuing to fundraise. Huge thanks once again to the mystery benefactor(s).

2020

Healthy Working Lives Quiz Night  -  8th November 

Thirteen teams competed in this popular annual event in Bishopmill Hall, with the proceeds this year divided between Friends of Dr Gray's and the Sensory Garden. Well done to the winners, the Lossie Pirates, and the Lighthouse Family, who won the Best Decorated Table prize. A total of

 

£359

was raised, which is a great result. Many thanks to all who took part or donated a raffle prize, and to Phillipa and her team for organising it.

Dr Gray's 200 Celebration and Thanksgiving  Service - 6th October

Over 100 people attended this inclusive ecumenical service in the Supper Room of Elgin Town Hall, which was organised and lead by Hospital Chaplains Ian Pallett and Andy Willis. Fiona Kyle's beautiful harp music welcomed everyone and provided a background for the post-service refreshments, and there were excellent musical interludes from both the Moray String Quartet and the Dotty Crotchets, who also accompanied the hymns. Readings by Dr Ken Brown, Sheila Sellar, Julie Campbell, Elsie Watson and Yvonne Wright provided historical context and colour, Alasdair Pattinson gave a glimpse into the future, and Deacon Vincent McQuaid offered a prayer for the future of Gray's and all those connected with it, and lead the Lord's Prayer. Afterwards, refreshments were served by Liz Tait and the team from Friends of Dr Gray's, and the retiring Collection raised the excellent sum of

 

Friends of Dr Gray's is extremely grateful to everyone who gave their time freely to make the afternoon such a success, particularly Ian and Andy, and to all those who contributed to the collection.

£230

Speyside Way Sponsored Walk Grantown to Fochabers - 31st Aug & 1st Sept

This was marred by atrocious weather on Saturday, and the plan to camp overnight at Marypark courtesy of Ballindalloch estate was abandoned for more suitable shelter. 16 set off, and a few less (plus Shelagh's dog Blitzy) finished at Fochabers just after 5.30 on Sunday after a day of much better weather, aching and footsore but in good spirits.  Pictures to follow on Facebook.

 

Thanks to everyone for such a great effort, and many thanks also to the backup team who provided sustenance and encouragement at regular intervals on both days.

Update 15th November

The final total raised was 

£2550 

which is tremendous!

Video added 13th December - courtesy of Steve Barker

Rotary Cheque Presentation - 17th June

Rotary Elgin President (and retired Consultant Anaesthetist) Dr George Duthie, and

Mr Jim Royan, Entertainment Convener, handed over a cheque for

 

                                                                   £4,000

to Friends Chairman Tim Wakefield and committee member Dr Ken Brown at a small ceremony in Ward 6 dayroom (photo below). This represents the proceeds of their successful 'Spring Fling' dinner dance at the end of March plus a very generous anonymous donation, and will be used towards the renovation of the dayroom to the same standard as the Jack Miller room on Ward 5. We are delighted to receive such a major boost to our funds, and thank all those who contributed.

Race Night and El:gin Dr Gray's 200th Special Edition Launch - 15th June

Around 100 people attended a very enjoyable event in Bishopmill Hall to mark the launch of the commemorative cherry gin. Everyone entered enthusiastically into the spirit of the evening, the speciality pies and Grays 200 merchandise proved very popular, and the raffle and auction were also well supported. With some money still to come in, including an extremely generous anonymous donation, the final total raised is likely to be around

 

£4,000

 

which is absolutely fantastic. Friends of Dr Gray's is extremely grateful to Leah Miller and her team at El:gin for their generosity in creating and donating the anniversary gin, and for all their hard work to make the evening such a success. Thanks also to all the businesses and individuals who generously donated prizes for the raffle and auction, and to those who helped out behind the scenes on the night.

The gin is now available by contacting info@elgin-gin.co.uk or sales@friendsofdrgrays.org

Royal Visit - 3rd June

 

HRH The Princess Royal paid a return visit to Dr Gray's on the afternoon of the 3rd to mark its 200th anniversary, nearly 24 years after her previous visit in October 1995 to formally open phase 1. In bright sunshine, and with Gordonstoun Pupils Pipe Band playing, she was greeted by Jim Royan, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Moray and former Chairman of both Moray Health Services and Grampian Health Board, and introduced to the welcome party which included our Chair, Tim Wakefield. Tim escorted HRH to unveil a 200th commemorative mosaic in the foyer and meet the artist, Jo Adam, and donor, Kenny McKenna, along with Dr Vic Henderson who helped in its creation. She was then shown a selection of historic images from our website by Dr Ken Brown, and viewed the 200th exhibition taken from early admission books where she met senior school volunteer Beth Carmichael and NHSG Archivist Fiona Musk, who had put it together. Visits to Ward 5, including the Jack Miller dayroom, and ward 6 dayroom followed, and among the patients she met, by an amazing coincidence, was a lady who had played with her as a child at Balmoral, and whose husband had subsequently been one of her protection officers. HRH then met a wider group of staff and others connected with and supporting Dr Gray's in various ways in the restaurant, including the first baby of the 200th year (with mum!), with background music from harpist Fiona Kyle and a video montage of Gray's produced by Steve Barker, and was presented with a Johnstons of Elgin 200th cashmere scarf, a basket of flowers and a box of commemorative cakes. As she left by the original main entrance, the bell was rung for only the second time in around 50 years by Steve Barker, and tea and cakes were served in the restaurant for our guests.

The Friends committee is extremely grateful to all those who contributed to making the visit such a success. Many more images and a short video are on our Facebook page and Dr Gray's NHS Facebook page

Inaugural Moray & Banffshire Heroes Awards 2019 - 9th May

This was held in the Mansfield Hotel, and Friends of Dr Gray's was represented by Chair Tim Wakefield, his wife Sharon, and Liz Tait and Ken Brown from the committee. Our host was Nicky Marr, Scottish Provincial Press columnist and broadcaster, with entertainment from Edward Reid, a Britain's got Talent semi-finalist in 2011. Although we were unsuccessful, it was an enjoyable and very inspirational evening, so well done to all the finalists and winners, particularly our colleagues in A&E, who won the Healthcare award, and Buckie RNLI, who won both their own category and the overall 'Hero of Heroes' award. A big 'thank you' to everyone who voted for us.

Elgin Rotary Club 'Spring Fling' Dinner Dance  -  30th March

90 members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant and successful evening at the Mansfield Hotel, including a raffle, auction and 'Curling for a Bottle', with music from the Dunphail Dance Band. A final total is still to be confirmed, but 

over £3,000 

has been raised for Friends of Dr Gray's patient - related projects and activities.

Johnstons of Elgin Quiz Night and Limited Collection Launch  -  7th February

Over 100 people enjoyed the sellout event in the Mill Shop restaurant, which opened with drinks and nibbles while guests browsed the specially created Dr Gray's 200 collection, complete with a unique logo designed by Jana Williamson, and bought tickets for the evening's raffle, with prizes also generously donated by Johnstons. 

Following welcomes from Jenny Urquhart of Johnstons and Chair of Friends of Dr Gray's Tim Wakefield, a description of the collection by Alastair McDonald of Johnstons and the launch of a silent auction for a unique cushion designed and hand made by Alison Claney of Johnstons, the very entertaining and wide ranging quiz, in named teams of four, got under way with quizmaster George McNeil of Johnstons.

Seven rounds with an interval for further refreshments later, a clear winner had emerged - well done 'Chris and the Geeks', who will receive individually mongrammed scarves from the collection. The raffle was drawn while the final scores were being tallied, and George thanked everyone whose efforts had made the evening such a success. A formal vote of thanks and gift presentation to Jenny and Johnstons by Liz Tait of Friends of Dr Gray's concluded events.

With advance tickets sales, brisk product sales including nearly all of the merino and cashmere blankets, the raffle proceeds and a very generous anonymous £1000 bid for the cushion,

                   nearly £5,000 had been raised by the end of the night

towards the restoration of Dr Gray's clock. Friends of Dr Gray's is extremely grateful to Jenny Urquhart and all her volunteers for organising and staffing the event, and to Johnstons of Elgin for donating the collection and laying on the launch event. Thanks also to the Friends of Dr Gray's volunteers who helped out. 

The cashmere scarves will continue on sale at Johnstons until Sunday 10th, and thereafter via:                           

                                                     sales@friendofdrgrays.org

Welcome
Welcome

Tim Wakefield welcomes everyone, watched by Jenny Urquhart. Courtesy of Susan Gillespie

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A packed house
A packed house

Courtesy of Susan Gillespie

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George McNeil in full flow!
George McNeil in full flow!

Courtesy of Susan Gillespie

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Tim Wakefield welcomes everyone, watched by Jenny Urquhart. Courtesy of Susan Gillespie

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Dr Gray's Bell rings for first time in around 50 years  -  6th January   Video by Steve Barker.

The bell has been in the dome since the Hospital opened, and used to strike the hours via the original clock mechanism. Steve Barker did all the hard work, and some photos were also taken:

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Entertainment in Dr Gray's  -  December   Videos by Steve Barker. 

This grand piano was in the main foyer in the run-up to Christmas, having been generously loaned by Moray Firth Pianos, and was used for several mini-recitals, concerts and carol singing as well as impromptu performances like this, all greatly enjoyed by passing staff, visitors and patients, which together raised several hundred pounds. 

 

With grateful thanks to Moray Firth Pianos and the pianists. 

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