This Sunday, April 18th,2010 Hoylake Cottage (Hospital as was) is holding an open day. Emma Keenan and Kate Smith have been in touch about the event and Emma has provided the following information:
The charitable trust opened as a cottage hospital in June 1910 and over the past 100 years has evolved into a centre caring for older people.
Its story will be told in an exhibition of the last 100 years, which will include a glimpse into the future, with plans on show for a new day care centre.
Meanwhile an appeal for memories and memorabilia has had a good response from local residents and former staff of Hoylake Cottage. Press cuttings, photos and programmes have been sent in from as far back as the early 20th century.
Chief executive Lin Cooke said: “We can’t let our 100th year go by without marking it in some way. This organisation would not be here without the fantastic support of the local community from its very early days right through to the 21st century, so it’s only right that we invite local people to help us celebrate.”
The event will be held from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and visitors will be able to wander around the old building; view the exhibition; see a recreation of an old bedroom and nurses in post war uniform; and see artist’s impressions for the new day care centre.
A Buy a Brick campaign will be launched, offering people the chance to dedicate an engraved brick in a special path and wall to be included in the new centre.
Admission is free and fun quizzes for children and free refreshments will be available at the event.
I’m aiming to pop along myself and take some photos and read all about the history of the old Cottage Hospital.