Team time Join the carnival

The practice float was beaten by the Brownies, but it was all worth it, explains Dr Nigel Stollery.

The Grand Parade was the centrepiece of Kibworth's annual summer carnival. The year we entered, the theme for the floats was sports.

Although we had never entered before, it took a quick chat among various members of staff to realise that this would be a good idea.

Well, with a senior partner called Dr Williams, it was obvious that we would be the Willians Team with a float based on a Formula 1 theme.

A meeting was called for all staff, from cleaners to doctors, to gather ideas. It was soon sorted. The brother of a receptionist kindly offered to lend us his lorry, and to drive it in the parade. Dr Nasimul Choudhury volunteered an empty garage in which we planned to build a life size racing car, out of papier mache (based on old copies of GP), cardboard and wood.

Over the next month every spare evening and weekend was spent working on the car.

Being the summer it was usually warm and the creative sessions were supported by food and drinks. The practice was buzzing with enthusiasm and everyone worked well with very few disagreements.

Soon the big day arrived. The lorry was decorated and the car loaded on to it. We dressed in our matching blue boiler suits and posed for photos.

To encourage people to give, the three doctors armed themselves with water pistols - although people seemed to enjoy this because it was a hot day.

Then came the judging. We came third out of 12 floats, and the Brownies came first.

It seemed a pity to simply throw the car away so it was placed in the surgery waiting room next three weeks raising further money for charity.

Staff morale remained high for many months after.

- Dr Stollery is a GP at Kibworth Health Centre, Kibworth Leicestershire.


Staff involved: 15

Money spent: £15 on paint and wood, plus drinks and snacks

Hours building car: circa 30 Charity gains: £100

Benefits: about six months' worth of staff morale.

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