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Mayor’s fundraising paints a lovely picture


Outgoing Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Katie Eliot has used her time as Mayor to raised £3,000.63 for Ward 7 at Bishop Auckland Hospital via the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

To fundraise for the Charity, Cllr Eliot has hosted a number of events and activities, including a wonderful Mayoral Dinner at Bishop Auckland College, a Meet the Mayor afternoon tea at Fifteas Tea Room, as well as fundraising stalls at both the 2021 and 2022 Food Festivals.  All events were supported by some great raffle prizes and donations from local people and companies which helped to raise such a great sum of money.

Cllr Katie Eliot said: "Representing this community as Mayor for 2021-22 has been a privilege. I have enjoyed every moment and opportunity that the role has given me.  It has been fantastic to meet so many people from across the town, region and even internationally."

"The last couple of years have really made us all realise how lucky we are to have such a wonderful NHS.  I was taken aback when I realised that even the chair next to the hospital bed was provided by the charity, as only basic care needs are met by core funding."

"I chose to raise funds for Ward 7 the Frailty ward here at our local hospital, they provide care for some of our most vulnerable people, including those with dementia.  The charity let me know that they aspired to have new murals painted to help enhance the stay for patients, so I set my sights on raising enough to cover the cost, which I am thrilled to have achieved with a little more let to help fund other items.  I was wonderful to see the murals go up this week, they are beautiful and make the ward a much more inviting place."

"A special thank you goes to all those who supported my fundraising efforts by attending events and donating prizes, including some wonderful businesses in Bishop Auckland."

Mayor and ward sister

Alison Bottoms Ward Sister at Ward 7 Bishop Auckland Hospital said: "We're hugely grateful to the Mayor for all her hard work over the year in raising this fantastic amount of money to support our patients here on ward 7. The murals will make such a difference for improving patient experience, especially for those patients who have dementia, to make it a more welcoming environment with the addition of some tables and chairs outside of the "café". The murals include Durham Cathedral which is a wonderful landmark, a café, bus stop and post office which we hope will bring some happy memories for our patients and something else to focus on and talk about during their stay on the ward.

"The cherry blossom tree mural has been placed over a mirrored surface which will be much more calming and less confusing for patients. Myself and other members of the ward team attended the Mayor's Gala dinner which was a wonderful treat and the event raised quite a lot of money."

Pat Chambers, the Trust's Charity Manager, said: "Our charitable funds are used to enhance patient care and wellbeing in all sorts of ways and we'd like to offer a huge thank you to the Mayor for choosing us as her charity of the year and to everyone who contributed to this fantastic sum of money raised. We are hugely grateful for the support. You can help support Your NHS Charity with a text donation simply text YOURNHS to 70480 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, or by organising a fundraiser, please contact the team on 01325 743781 or email"

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital