£20,000 donated to Council Leader’s hospital appeal

Five town and parish councils have given money towards the refurbishment of three houses on the grounds of the Princess Royal Hospital to accommodate junior and middle grade doctors.

£20,000 donated to Council Leader’s hospital appeal

The hospital’s A&E faces overnight closure from 5 December due to a lack of staff. The NHS trust that runs the hospital says that can be avoided if it gets the A&E staff it needs. When the refurbishment of the houses has been completed, the Trust will offer the on-site accommodation for free to new recruits.

The donations have come from Hadley & Leegomery Parish Council (£5,000), Great Dawley Town Council (£5,000), Wellington Town Council (£4,800), Wrockwardine Wood and Trench Parish Council (£2,500) and Newport Town Council (£2,500).

Here’s what they had to say about the hospital and the project:

“We need to ensure this essential service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for our ever expanding local community.” – Cllr Anne Watkins, Chair, Wrockwardine Wood & Trench Parish Council.

“Newport Town Council are very pleased and proud to be able to support such a worthy cause. We have supported the Princess Royal Hospital from day one and will continue to do so in the future.” – Cllr Peter Scott, Mayor of Newport.

“We are behind the project 100%. We stand by what we believe in, which is the doctors coming here. We believe they should be here. We will support it to the hilt.” - Malcolm Randle, Mayor of Great Dawley.

“We fought hard to get this hospital and we are going to fight even harder to maintain its integrity.” – Cllr John Smart, Mayor of Hadley and Leegomery and Cllr Pat Smart.

“At Wellington Town Council, we are happy to be involved in this unique collaborative working with Telford & Wrekin Council and to be given the opportunity to do something tangible such as donating £5,000 for the purchase of beds.” – Cllr Cindy Mason-Morris, Acting Mayor, Wellington.

Work on the houses began on Thursday 15 November when volunteers met to strip out the houses’ interiors and tidy up their overgrown gardens:

Cllr Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council said: “It’s great to see this work underway and already there is a noticeable difference.

“The idea of refurbishing these houses came from doctors as a tangle way of helping the hospital recruit the staff it so desperately needs. When I speak to staff at the hospital they are increasingly excited, especially now that they can see something happening on the ground.”