Patients who use Walsall Manor Hospital and Community Services will benefit from a £12,000 Mayoral boost after the borough’s former First Citizen handed over a cheque from her busy fundraising year.
Councillor Rose Martin popped into the hospital to meet up with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley and reveal how much money was raised to benefit the Well Wishers charity.
Well Wishers was one of three worthy causes supported by Councillor Martin during her year-long term as Mayor which came to an end in May this year.
She said she had thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with many of the activities and events that Well Wishers organised – and was particularly fond of the Trust’s Got Talent show for staff that she was a guest at last December.
“I don’t think I’ll ever forget that night because it was such great fun for everyone involved,” she said.
During her year Councillor Martin supported the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration, happily serving tea and cake to hard working staff at the Manor and also visited Goscote Hospice and HollyBank House to talk to end-of-life patients and stroke survivors, as well as the teams that care for them.
“I always said I wanted to get out and about and talk to patients and staff to see for myself the wonderful work that goes on for our communities in Walsall,” she said. “I have loved working with Georgie and the Fundraising Team and am delighted to have been able to give the charity a cheque for £12,000 which I know will enhance our healthcare services.”
Georgie added: “We are really grateful for this donation from the Mayor and have loved working with her this past 12 months. She has been a great ambassador for Well Wishers, spreading the word about the charity and promoting it in Walsall.”
Councillor Martin also raised money for FastAid and the Walsall Community Network.
Walsall’s current Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Chris Towe and Louisa Hughes, are also raising money for Well Wishers – with their most recent event being a fashion show.