Burnham backs charity’s rebrand

Leigh MP Andy Burnham
Leigh MP Andy Burnham
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THE borough’s three MPs have put their names to the Leigh Reporter campaign to back Wigan’s hospital charity and help it choose a new name.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (Leigh), Yvonne Forvargue (Makerfield) and Lisa Nandy (Wigan) are all supporting Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Health Services Charity and want you to get involved too.

Mr Burnham, said: “I really would like to see all the people of the borough back WWL and we all appreciate what they do for us.

“The NHS is one of the most precious things in our society and we must all work hard to protect it and by supporting WWL we will benefit locally.”

Yvonne Forvargue said: “I urge everyone to get behind this excellent cause. Your support can make a difference, enabling our local NHS provide even better treatment, care and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.”

Lisa Nandy also agreed with her fellow MPs. She said: “The Hospital Charity provides a valuable service in health care support across the borough and I would urge people to be involved.”

Staff at the trust have suggested names, and the hospital now have a shortlist of three:

l Altogether Better

l Brighter Day

l Three Wishes

And with only a couple of weeks left to decide on the new name and identity for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh’s hospital charity, a call has gone out for volunteers to help raise funds.

Elizabeth Titley, fund-raiser for the charity, explains: “We are looking to expand the charity’s fund-raiser supporter base with local people getting on board and raising much needed funds for patient comfort items at the three hospitals, as well as the new appeal for the new cancer unit.

“There are some really inspirational stories from grateful patients and their families who have chosen to express their gratitude for care they receive by raising money, whether that’s by having a baby in special care in our Neonatal Unit or having a loved one who has been treated on our wards and received wonderful care from our dedicated staff.”