Support for Goscote Hospice and rehabilitation for stroke patients are the priorities that Walsall’s new Mayor would like her fundraising focus to concentrate on this year.
Councillor Rose Martin has picked Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers to be one of her chosen charities – and she is keen to find out more about the range of services offered to patients in the hospital and community.
Councillor Martin said: “I have had some early discussions with Well Wishers’ Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley and we are going to arrange some visits for me as well as some opportunities for staff to come and see me in the Mayor’s parlour.
“I am particularly interested in the work the Trust is doing with Walsall stroke patients. Rehabilitation is so vital and valuable to enable stroke survivors to have the best quality of life possible. The staff who work in the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Hollybank House and elsewhere in the community are delivering a fantastic service and I do want to find out more about this, as well as meet some of the patients who are benefitting.”
“As well as Hollybank House I have visited Goscote Hospice to discuss potential areas that my fundraising can support to enhance the patients’ experience throughout my year as Mayor”.
The Mayor attended Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Walsall Manor Hospital recently and served afternoon tea to staff, and she also visited for the NHS Big Tea celebrations that marked the 74th birthday of the NHS.
“I had a wonderful time serving afternoon teas to staff who work so hard for our communities – it was my absolute pleasure to tell them to put their feet up for a change!” added Councillor Martin.
“I visited the Fundraising Hub too to find out more about the great work of Well Wishers. It’s a local charity that directly helps local people who use Walsall Healthcare services and I look forward to working with Georgie and the team this year.”