The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s children’s appeal mascot Dr Ted has won his biggest fan yet thanks to the new Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Alan Buckley.
Cllr Buckley and his wife Sandra were sworn in as the towns new Mayor and Mayoress during a ceremonial handover at Rotherham Town Hall on Friday 18 May, where they also formally announced their support for the Charity’s children’s appeal.
Cllr Alan Buckley said: “I am very pleased to support Dr Ted as a Mayor’s Charity during my year in office.
“I was keen to focus on smaller, local charities, and especially include a charity which supports babies and children.
“We chose Dr Ted because it helps a wide range of children and their families. Being in hospital is not a pleasant experience for anyone so it is wonderful to know that Dr Ted raises funds to provide home comforts to families from Rotherham and surrounding area during difficult times.
“As a Mayor’s Charity, I am pleased to shine a light on Dr Ted during the next year, and I’m sure we can help raise lots more vital funds to support its wonderful work.”
The Dr Ted’s children’s appeal raises money to fund everything from toys to specialist medical equipment and resources to help ensure The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s youngest and most vulnerable patients, as well as their families, have the best experience of being in hospital as possible.
The appeal has raised £76,000 since it was set up in April 2012. Examples of what the charity has funded include:
• An entertainer and magician to help make youngsters on the Children's Ward smile
• Games and sensory toys for the Children’s Ward, Children's Outpatients and the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre
• Colourful, child friendly wheelchairs
• A child-friendly quiet saw to help remove plaster casts from broken bones
• Specialist sleep apnoea monitors for new-borns on the Special Care Baby Uni
Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “We are incredibly proud to announce that the Mayor of Rotherham will be supporting our children’s appeal during his year in office. It’s going to be an exciting year for Dr Ted!
“I’m sure that with the generous support of the Mayor and Mayoress we can really inspire fundraisers throughout Rotherham to participate in exciting events and activities. All the money raised will really help to improve the experience some of our youngest patients and their families have during their hospital stay.”
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk. You can also support the Dr Ted children’s appeal online at Just Giving here - www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/rhcgc/drted