Christmas party fun at Viking Day Unit

Thanet Rock Choir provided entertainment

By Liz Baker

Cancer patients have enjoyed a festive party at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

It was organised by staff at the Viking Day Unit, with singers from the Thanet Rock Choirs adding to the party atmosphere.

Dozens of patients and their families attended and enjoyed a festive feast organised by staff members Wendy and Jane, and games including guess the weight of the cake and a tombola.

Norman Blaker enjoys a cup of tea at the party

Norman Blacker, 85, who attends the unit for treatment for leukaemia, was there with his daughter and praised the staff for organising the event.

He said: “It is a lovely party. The team always look after me really well.”

Unit manager Carrie Merry said the event had been a huge success.

Wendy Roberts, Kerry Tolley and Carrie Merry with a cake donated for the party

She said: “It was the first one we have held for three years because of the pandemic, and I was a bit worried it would just be me and the staff. But it was fantastic to see so many people there and having such a good time.

“This unit feels like a family so it was lovely to welcome back some of our former patients and to hear all their news.

“I’m particularly grateful to the Thanet Rock Choirs for giving us such a good show, and to my fantastic team. It is such a privilege to work with such amazing people.”

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  1. My wife pat I had the honour of singing in Rock Choir at the Viking day unit Christmas party it was a very humbling experience, Tony our choir leader and all other members of the Choir were all moved by the appreciative helpful staff and audience of patients their families and friends. It is the third time we have sung there and each time is so special to all of us. Xxx

  2. David and I were also proud Rockies that night, singing for the cancer patients and their families. Next big gig is on 22nd December at 5pm in Deal, outside the Kings Arms.

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