The former Mayor of Rochdale, Cllr Ray Dutton paid a visit to Springhill Hospice bringing with him a sizeable donation to Hospice funds. Presenting Chief Executive Julie Halliwell and Chairman of Trustees, Robert Clegg with a cheque for £20,000, Cllr Dutton and his wife and former Mayoress Elaine Dutton, the result of a year of hard work from everyone involved with the Mayor’s Charity Committee for 2016.
“It’s been a fantastic year” said Cllr Dutton “All the hard work and determined effort from the committee and the outstanding support from the communities meant that we were able to raise an astonishing £55,000 for charities in the local area”.
Of their donation to Springhill Hospice, Elaine Dutton said “We are delighted to have been able to donate such a substantial amount of money to Springhill Hospice, it’s a charity close to our hearts and to the hearts of so many local people”
The Mayor’s Charity Committee worked tirelessly to organise events throughout the year, with the Mayor’s Ball being a particularly proud moment in Cllr Dutton’s fundraising calendar.
Chief Executive Julie Halliwell was overjoyed to welcome them both back to the Hospice, to hear all about their efforts and to receive the donation. “£20,000 is such a welcome gift, the Hospice is only partly funded by the NHS, this amount of money will make a real difference to our patients”, adding, “We are so very grateful to everyone involved with organising the events, to Ray and Elaine for choosing to support Springhill and to those in the community to took part”.
Ray and Elaine also played a huge part in making Springhill’s own events a success, opening fairs, launching the 2017 calendar launch, presenting Springhill’s education students with their diplomas and most memorably, starting the Santa Dash or Dawdle.
Lillie Winterbottom, Hospice Fundraiser, has fond memories of the annual Father Christmas festive run. “Ray was simply brilliant. When he arrived in the mayoral car he was wearing a wonderful Christmas hat, his buoyant personality really encouraged the 600 Santas, especially when he took part in the pre-event warm up. He really got involved, dancing along with the rest of the red and white clad supporters, sending them all on their merry way and welcoming them all back with a cheer. He really made the event special for everyone”.