Spire Healthcare Sponsors Spring Festival
The annual Spring Festival at St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove is to be sponsored by Spire Healthcare, who is developing a new hospital in neighbouring Montefiore Road. The sponsorship will give the festival a secure financial footing and help fund future projects and events in the gardens.
The Montefiore Hospital, which is scheduled to open later this year, will provide a healthcare facility where patients in and around Brighton and Hove can access the most up-to-date clinical care in the country.Speaking of the decision to support St Ann’s Well Gardens, James Dempster the hospital’s marketing manager said: “At Spire we are committed to supporting the communities around our hospitals so we are delighted to support this wonderful festival which is enjoyed by many local people.
“The gardens are a lovely feature of our neighbourhood and right on our doorstep so our staff and patients can easily enjoy them too.”
St Ann’s Well Gardens Spring Festival is a popular event in Hove’s calendar. The 2012 event takes place on Saturday, May 19 and planning is underway to provide attractions for all age groups, including a skate park, roller disco, sports activities, circus workshops and food from around the world. A highlight is the music stage – among the artists booked so far are Lewis Floyd Henry, Imperial Leisure, Tayong and an array of other talent.
Secretary of the Friends of St Ann’s Well Gardens Linda Austin said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Montefiore Hospital for the Spring Festival and to have a relationship with them in the future for the many other events we put on in the gardens for local residents.
“Our previous Spring Festivals have been funded partly by Brighton & Hove City Council but mainly through income from stalls and public donations. This new sponsorship will ensure that the festival is on a secure footing, and also that the donations we receive on the day will be available for future projects in the gardens.”