FUNDS raised by council and health staff who completed a gruelling running challenge will benefit hospital patients.
They raised £4,724 by taking part in the Tour of Tameside in memory of the late Executive Leader of Tameside Council, Councillor Kieran Quinn.
This week, his wife Councillor Susan Quinn joined some of those who took part in this year’s event, and the Fred Whitton Cycling Challenge, to hand over their fundraising for much needed equipment at Tameside Hospital’s critical care/high dependency unit.
They joined Tameside Council’s Chief Executive and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group, Steven Pleasant, in presenting a cheque to Tameside Hospital’s Chief Executive, Karen James.
The money will go towards making patients more comfortable, with purchasing ‘soothing sounds’ machines to aid relaxation and new TVs being considered.
Cllr Kieran Quinn, who was also the Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and an architect of devolution for Greater Manchester, sadly lost his life at Tameside Hospital following a heart attack whilst delivering Christmas cards with his wife last December. He had a strong and clear vision as to how to make Tameside a better place for everyone and a determination to make that happen.
Councillor Susan Quinn said: “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to those involved in raising this fabulous sum of money, which will go towards helping the critical care unit at Tameside Hospital to make a positive difference to everyone who uses its facilities.
“This is a generous gift from staff, who have taken time out of their busy home lives to take part in activities to raise money for this very worthy cause, and I’m proud and touched that it has been done in memory of my husband.”
The Tour of Tameside is a four day festival of running that features a variety of routes and terrains that show off the borough’s fantastic scenery and great community spirit as supporters line the courses.