County Durham and Darlington – 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

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

“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

“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

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