A Vital Link - The Directory Group

A vital link

The Emsworth community enjoyed a feast of tea and delicious cakes at the Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) summer fete.

Local MP Alan Mak was on hand to open the event in the Friends’ garden adjacent to the Victoria Cottage Hospital in Emsworth.

FECH own and maintain the garden, having previously raised funds to provide equipment and services which cannot be easily obtained from the National Health Service.

Despite the formal closure of the hospital in 2013, FECH still tend to the garden and Mr Mak congratulated them on the ‘excellent work’ they do to provide a link between residents and local healthcare services.

FECH have so far raised and donated over £22,000 to 20 local health-related organisations.

The group also have close links with nearby community initiatives such as the Emsworth Day Out Scheme, befriending club for older people with disabilities in the Havant and Emsworth area. Meeting every Wednesday at Hewitt’s for activities, lunch and a day out every other month, the scheme co-ordinates closely with FECH over issues such as transportation for elderly people.

FECH chair Irene Kent said: “Thanks to Alan Mak for coming back our fete. It is good to see our local MP supporting issues that are close to the hearts of Emsworth residents. It has been a successful and enjoyable morning and we are determined to continue raising funds to help some of the most vulnerable and deserving members of our local community.”

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley