Crafty Craft Entries Inspire More Support for NHS staff from Newbury Town Centre

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Visit Newbury joins forces with local businesses and residents to support the NHS.

NHS-themed Crafty Craft 

On Monday 3rd May, Visit Newbury announced the winners for this year’s NHS Heroes-themed Crafty Craft competition, and were delighted to receive 70 entries for the first-ever digital version of the event.

Newbury BID, the not-for-profit organisation behind Visit Newbury, encouraged residents, businesses, community groups, and schools in the area to support local NHS Heroes by creating mini rafts to raise funds for the ‘West Berkshire Community Hospital League of Friends’ charity. Donations for the event can still be made here:

Visit Newbury is delighted to share that 10-year-old Scout, Olly Daniels, was awarded first place for his entry proudly presenting on the raft mast the late Sir Captain Tom Moore  – who rose to fame for his NHS fundraising achievements towards the end of his life.

Similarly, runners up Felicity Hawthorne, Jake Karasinski and Duria Lourence, all aged 10, were awarded fourth to second place respectively for their contributions to the NHS theme. You can watch Newbury BID’s Crafty Craft video officially announcing the winners on the Visit Newbury Facebook page.


Town Centre Discounts for NHS Employees

Following on from the success of the event and the prominent desire within the community to continue to support local NHS Heroes, Visit Newbury is also pleased to reveal that over 40 town centre businesses now offer special promotions and discounts exclusive to NHS employees.

The Visit Newbury website features a complete list of discounts from participating businesses where NHS Heroes can access these offers upon presenting their NHS staff ID card*. You can view the page here:

The team behind the Visit Newbury brand are also creating leaflets with information about the discount scheme to share with NHS surgeries, sites, and hospitals throughout the local area, to raise awareness of the businesses involved with the campaign.

Newbury BID give their special thanks to Ed Turner of The Dolphin for first suggesting the idea. Melissa Hughes, CEO of Newbury BID, states:
We are so pleased that Newbury is able support our NHS Heroes thanks to the goodwill and kind nature of so many of our town centre businesses and local residents.  As a business community, we are grateful to each and every individual who has played a part in delivering key NHS services and care throughout this past year. Newbury’s sense of community and togetherness really sets it apart and, personally, I couldn’t wish for a better place to work and live.



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