New mayor of Rotherham to support local Health Trust in NHS 75th anniversary celebrations

THE new Mayor of Rotherham is to switch his red ceremonial robes for something blue when he helps the local health trust he and his wife received “wonderful care” from to celebrate the NHS’ 75th birthday.

Cllr Robert Taylor has pledged to support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity during his Mayoral year to thank the NHS for the cancer care he and his wife Tracy each had.

In 2007, Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer and endured a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, while Cllr Taylor learned he had bowel cancer just three months after Tracy completed her medication.

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Cllr Taylor’s treatment included a partial bowel removal and resection and chemotherapy.

The Labour councillor for Aughton and Swallownest said: “Tracy and I have experienced first-hand the wonderful cancer care provided by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in recent years.

“We’re both so grateful.

“It really wasn’t a difficult decision for us after experiencing NHS care personally and hearing about the difference the charity makes to patients and their families.

“We were also inspired by the charity’s future fundraising campaigns and events, including the NHS’ 75th birthday, which we can’t wait to get involved in.

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“This is our chance to give something back to the NHS which saved our lives and we can’t wait to get started.”

The NHS’ 75th anniversary is July 5, with national fundraising events including NHS Big Tea parties, a campaign spearheaded by NHS Charities Together.

Locally, the charity will be encouraging residents across the town to get involved in a Wear It Blue Day to reflect the NHS’ iconic blue scrubs and uniforms.

Cllr Taylor took over the role in May from outgoing Mayor, Cllr Tajamal Khan, who also supported the charity during his Mayoral year.

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Head of fundraising Rachael Dawes said: “We feel incredibly fortunate and proud to be chosen as one of Cllr Taylor’s chosen charities after a wonderful year fundraising with Cllr Khan.

“I’m sure the Mayor and Mayoress’ cancer journeys will resonate with many people throughout the town.

“With the generous support of the Mayor and Mayoress we can inspire fundraisers throughout Rotherham to take part in some truly exciting campaigns and events that we have in the pipeline.

“We hope to get the new Mayor involved in everything from wearing blue to rowing a dragon boat.”