A special presentation by the Mayor of Gedling and local poet Bruce Lakin

Lucy presents the Mayor of Gedling and the head of the hospital with a poem

Posted on: 27 May 2021

Blog by Lucy Dalgress, Community Fundraising Manager

On Wednesday 12th May 2021, after six months in the planning and two lockdowns later, it was a delight to finally be able to meet with the Mayor of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Sandra Barnes, in order to thank her for her incredible donation of over £10,300.

The event took place on a bright and sunny morning outside the QMC East Entrance, where we were able to gather as a group of six and maintain social distancing outside on the hospital grounds.

During her term in office the Mayor held various fundraising activities and events, and was able to make the donation in May 2020 to Nottingham Children’s Hospital, where the funds will go towards a Resmon Pro Device, a piece of equipment for early detection of airway obstruction in children and adults.

Representatives from Nottingham Hospitals Charity, including our Chair of Trustees Carole Ayre and Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart, were delighted to be able to finally thank the Mayor in person for her incredible fundraising efforts.

Also present was Dr Andrew Prayle, Respiratory Paediatric Consultant at Notingham Children’s Hospital, who spoke about why the Resmon Pro Device meant so much to the department, and how it will help diagnose children of all ages in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

A group of images of the Mayor of Gedling presenting a variation of cheques and poems

The Mayor also brought along a close friend of hers, local poet Bruce Lakin, a Gedling resident who has lived with and managed severe asthma for most of his life. Bruce understands the significance of having an early detection device such as the Resmon Pro, and wrote a poem to display alongside the device about his experiences.

It was a wonderful occasion to thank the Mayor for her fundraising and to show the difference her donation will make to children in Nottingham. It was also wonderful to be able to welcome supporters back to the hospital in a safe and responsible way.


Listen to Bruce Larkin's poem.


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