|Mayor's Charity Fund result!
Cllr Rona Winkworth and Gail Guy present the cheque to Dr Martin Farrier, Elaine Hibbs and Alderman George Davies from Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
Charity triumph – Mayor comes good for the children’s ward
A great mayoral year has led to a legacy of hope for children all over our borough – thanks to a mammoth fund-raising effort.
Wigan Borough’s former First Citizen Cllr Rona Winkworth chose children as the theme for her mayoral fundraising effort, particularly those who need the services of Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary’s Rainbow Children’s Ward.
Through the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, Cllr Winkworth wanted to raise enough money to provide new monitoring equipment and cots for the children’s ward.
And after a year’s of non-stop charity work and outstanding support from the people of the borough, Cllr Winkworth has managed to do exactly that…and much more!
The charity appeal netted a phenomenal £36, 628 for the children’s ward.
Cllr Winkworth, Mayoress Gail Guy and members of the Mayor’s Charity Committee were on hand in the Mayor’s Parlour this week to hand over the cheque to consultant paediatrician Dr Martin Farrier and Elaine Hibbs from the hospital.
Cllr Winkworth says: “I want to say a big thank-you to everyone in the borough who helped to make my year so special and helped me to collect so much.
“It is a fantastic amount and it’s down to a lot of hard work on behalf of everyone involved with the charity committee.
“We appreciate that the children’s ward is not somewhere anyone would choose to be but we wanted to do something to make a child’s stay as comfortable as possible.”
Accepting the cheque, Dr Farrier added: “This is a significant amount of money and it will make a real difference. Not only have we been able to provide the monitors and cots the Mayor wanted but we have been able to get a lot more besides. This means we will be able to continue to provide the very best quality care to children. On their and our behalf we would like to thank everyone involved in the charity appeal.”