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Mayor of Wigan’s 10,000 Pound Donation Launches Heartbeat 2 Appeal

Newsdate: 12 June 2013Pictured from left to right: The Mayor of Wigan Councillor William Rotherham, Alderman Joan Hurst, The Mayoress of Wigan Janet Lumley, Carolyn Dereszkiewicz, Dr Nayyar Naqvi and Councillor George Davies

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has launched Heartbeat 2, a fundraising appeal to secure further development of cardiac facilities at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, with a magnificent £10,000 donation from The Mayor of Wigan, His Worshipful Councillor William Rotherham. Heartbeat 2 is aiming to raise £250,000 to build a new recovery room within the Coronary Care Unit at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (RAEI) to improve the patient experience. 

The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Rotherham says: “I am delighted to support Heartbeat 2, my official charity for 2013/14. The excellent work being done by Dr. Naqvi and his NHS colleagues to deliver first class cardiac care and improve the life chances for the people of Wigan is a subject particularly close to my heart”. 

Joining The Mayor and Mayoress of Wigan to hand over the £10,000 cheque at the RAEI Coronary Care Unit were WWL Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Nayyar Naqvi OBE, Councillor George Davies, Alderman Joan Hurst and WWL Head of Nursing – Scheduled Care, Carolyn Dereszkiewicz.

Launched in 2009, the original Heartbeat appeal exceeded expectations raising £250,000 to ensure the Coronary Care unit at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary now benefits from the best equipment money can buy and delivers a first class service for patients.

“The people of Wigan have been incredibly generous in supporting the Heartbeat appeal,” says Dr. Nayyar Naqvi. “We now ask the people of Wigan for their support to help Heartbeat 2 reach its target and further improve the quality of local NHS services for the benefit of Wiganers.”

Everyone interested in organising their own fundraising for Heartbeat2, please contact Fundraising Officer Elizabeth Titley on 01942-773-879 or email elizabeth.titley@wwl.nhs.uk

Pictured above from left to right: The Mayor of Wigan Councillor William Rotherham, Alderman Joan Hurst, The Mayoress of Wigan Janet Lumley, Carolyn Dereszkiewicz, Dr Nayyar Naqvi and Councillor George Davies

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